[Taxacom] Comments on Scratchpads

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 18:41:45 CDT 2020

One or two respondents off line has expressed some concern, but OK if the
situation is now more robust (and presumably OK unless NHM gets an economic
hit from a virus rescission. When I had my own website I noticed that it
would come up about 3-4th (usually after Wikipedia) in a websearch. How
does web search visibility appear for sites on Scratchpads?

John Grehan

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 6:39 PM Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz <
biotemail at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi John,
> Out of curiosity, what is the source for "sustained existence of this
> resources (Scratchpads) is uncertain due to funding issues". This is the
> second time that an email with a similar opinion reaches me. I wonder if
> this has something to do with Coleman & Radulovici (2020) (
> https://doi.org/10.11646/megataxa.1.1.5)? The opinion on the
> sustainability of SP given in that paper is outdated. Considering what has
> been happening with SP since 2018, that opinion was formed back in 2017 or
> earlier.
> “Also, the future of projects made with “Scratchpads” (
> http://scratchpads.eu), a content management system primarily designed
> for taxonomic contents, remains unclear when developed by a single person.
> It may stop being updated when the author retires or switches jobs.”
> The authors didn't check that indeed the original software developer left,
> that the platform stop being maintained and that since 2018 to present
> functionality has been recovered. Progress can be followed on GitHub. A
> current snapshot:
> https://github.com/NaturalHistoryMuseum/scratchpads2/pulse/monthly
> The platform has even improved, see the update to the Ecological
> Interactions module (https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.7.e47043).
> SP is no longer sustained by one developer but by the Informatics Group at
> the Natural History Museum, London. If there is a funding problem
> threatening the existence of the entire group and the effort they devote to
> SP, I would very much like to know about it.
> Regards,
> Carlos
> Carlos A. Martínez Muñoz
> Zoological Museum, Biodiversity Unit
> FI-20014 University of Turku
> Finland
> ResearchGate profile
> <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carlos_Martinez-Munoz>
> Myriapod Morphology and Evolution
> <https://www.facebook.com/groups/205802113162102/>

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