SustainabilityDave Roberts, Vince Smith & Simon Rycroft
Components of sustainabilityFinancial:hardware (running the VM, licences, etc)Development (salary costs for bug-fixing,minor upgrades, user help)Confidence:internal - institutional relevance;external - user perception, commitment,stability, longevity, exit strategyMarketing:growing the user base;visibility;contributing to the landscapeAgility:changing standards;volatile user requirements;adaptability.
FinanceHardware: estimated annual cost ~€1000Share of a virtual machine, licenses, applying patchesWarmware: 1 FTE, ~€100k1 FTE, ~€75kDeveloper: bug fixing, minor upgrades, data compatibilityUser support, issues queue management, user training1 FTE, ~€150k (part)Project leadership and management, grant writing,in-house integration, project promotionand, most importantly, a champion ...
ConfidenceEmbedded in Institutional planningService Level DescriptionHow safe are my data?Will I get credit for mywork?Data ownershipand licensing
01020304050607080902008 2009 2010 2011 2012Number of Citations Papers mentioning a Scratchpad Site05101520252008 2009 2010 2011 2012Number of Citations Papers mentioning the Scratchpad ProjectSitesUsers2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013Active UsersSitesUsersViBRANT Scratchpads 22050100200300400500100020003000400050006000800010000Marketing
TimetomodelalllifeonEarthTo help transform our understanding of the biosphere, ecologists — like climatescientists — should simulate whole ecosystems, argue Drew Purves and colleagues.YILU/VIEWSTOCK/CORBISAhyenasurveysaflockofflamingosinSouthAfrica.AgilityChanging landscapeResponsive touser feedbackGenomicObservatoriesMoorea Biocode Project