Software Integration

Simon Rycroft & Ben Scott (NHM)


Scratchpads 2 preview
Scratchpads 2 new feature list
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Download the Scratchpad software
Smith, Vincent, Simon Rycroft, Irina Brake, Ben Scott, Edward Baker, Laurence Livermore, Vladimir Blagoderov, and David Roberts. "Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science." ZooKeys 150 (2011): 53-70.

Developing the Scratchpads

The decision was taken in Month 1 of ViBRANT to upgrade the code base for the Scratchpads from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. This decision was made based on the average life cycle of a single Drupal release and also because a number of features that we had developed for Drupal 6 were now included in the core of Drupal 7. There will be a number of other benefits from upgrading the Scratchpad code base, including:

  • a performance increase;
  • ease of maintenance;
  • improved reliability.       

For this reason, a number of the feature requests that have come to us from WP3 and also via the Scratchpad issues queue, have had to be delayed. These feature requests will, assuming they are reasonable, be added to the queue of issues for Scratchpads 2.0. A more complete description of Scratchpads 2.0 is available in the ZooKeys special issue[1].  



Screenshots Scratchpads version 1 (SP1) and version 2 (SP2)

                        theme and presentation (top) editing and administration (bottom)