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Scratchpads is a social networking application for biodiversity research. It can by used by researchers to manage, share and publish taxonomic data online. The software has tools for managing:

  • phylogenies
  • classifications
  • bibliographies
  • documents
  • images
  • spreadsheets
  • specimen records
  • maps

Records that are added to a Scratchpad are classified and grouped around a taxonomy. This taxonomy can be supplied by the users or imported from the Encyclopedia of Life. The Scratchpads can link to databases including GenBank, Morphbank, GBIF, Wikipedia, etc.

It provides social networking features, image uploading, free-form page creation, a template for species description (summary data), taxonomic hierarchy editing, importing of images from Flickr and Google Images, a grid-editor for tabular data, mapping functionality, bibliographic data management, and sharing of data with Encyclopedia of Life (http://www.eol.org).

One module allows users to generate publishable manuscripts for taxonomic description or revision in the Zookeys journal. Hosting can be provided by the ViBRANT project or you can host your site yourself. In addition to taxon-based research groups, it has been used by scientific societies and journals to establish a web-presence.

Scratchpads is built using the Drupal content management system.

Technical Expertise Required: 
No programming
Web based