[Taxacom] Comments on Scratchpads

Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz biotemail at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 08:22:59 CDT 2020


Hi Vince,
Thanks for writing. Platforms will come and go, not only as a result of
funding but as a result of new technologies. I am okay with changing
platforms as long as data migration assistance is provided at some point.
Whatever the solution is, I hope that a new platform will be based on an
open source CMS and will be itself open source. That is a key progress that
Scratchpads introduced and I sincerely hope that it is not lost in the
future. I favor Scratchpads over other platforms because of its unique
combination of open science principles and functionality. I will continue
working on Myriatrix.
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/>




El vie., 27 mar. 2020 a las 13:13, Vincent Smith (<vince at vsmith.info>)
escribió:

> Dear John and all,
>
> Thanks, Carlos for flagging the Scratchpads. Just to reassure you, the
> Scratchpads are still alive and kicking. Across our team of 4 informatics
> developers at the NHM London, one is always associated with the Scratchpad
> project to address issues and bugs during any 6-week period (code sprint).
> Scratchpads still have a wide user base (more than 1000 active sites) and
> while we don't promote them as heavily as we once did, they are still
> available for new projects.
>
> In addition to the GitHub website (
> https://github.com/NaturalHistoryMuseum/scratchpads2), the blog usually
> describes the major updates (e.g.
> http://scratchpads.eu/news/2020-02/scratchpads-release-2912). There are
> some long term questions about the future of Scratchpads and all the
> platforms of this type. We explored these in the recent Biodiversity Next
> conference in Leiden (see https://biss.pensoft.net/collection/120/ and in
> particular, https://biss.pensoft.net/article/38273/ - slides for all
> these presentations are available under the media tab), but to cut a long
> story short, we are working with providers of similar platforms to come up
> with a more sustainable solution for these kinds systems in the long term.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Vince
>
> --
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> Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK
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>
>
> On Fri, 27 Mar 2020 at 10:43, Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz via Taxacom <
> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:
>
>> Hi John,
>> By using Google Chrome and Google search, in my computer, Myriatrix
>> Scratchpad comes on top, followed by the project in ResearchGate. Third
>> place is also for RG, with the related Myriatrix paper.
>> By using Microsoft Edge and Bing, in my computer, Myriatrix Scratchpad
>> also
>> comes on top, followed by the platform's RSS feeds. In third place comes
>> the project in ResearchGate.
>> A Hepialidae Scratchpad may come on top too, depending on the uniqueness
>> of
>> the name. My search was not for "Myriapoda" or "Onychophora" but
>> "Myriatrix".
>> 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/>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> El vie., 27 mar. 2020 a las 0:42, John Grehan (<calabar.john at gmail.com>)
>> escribió:
>>
>> > 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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