Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:Smith, V, Rycroft, S, Brake, I, Scott, B, Baker, E, Livermore, L, Blagoderov, VA, Roberts, D
Date Published:28/11/2011
Keywords:biodiversity, database, e-infrastructure, Taxonomy, Virtual Research Environment

The Scratchpad Virtual Research Environment ( is a flexible system for people to create their own research networks supporting natural history science. Here we describe Version 2 of the system characterised by the move to Drupal 7 as the Scratchpad core development framework and timed to coincide with the fifth year of the project’s operation in late January 2012. The development of Scratchpad 2 reflects a combination of technical enhancements that make the project more sustainable, combined with new features intended to make the system more functional and easier to use. A roadmap outlining strategic plans for development of the Scratchpad project over the next two years concludes this article.

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