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1 Vincent S. Smith Simon D. Rycroft, Ben Scott & Dave Roberts Scratchpads redefining publication getting biodiversity online

2 European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy 27 Leading Taxonomic Institutions - Europe, North America and Russia - 5-year, EU funded, 11.5 million - Network in taxonomy & biodiversity research Capacity Building - Integrating infrastructures & goals - Labs without walls - Training & outreach activities NHM Providing Leadership - Developing Web infrastructure - Providing depth of knowledge & content - Integration beyond EDIT

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4 What is a Scratchpad? Your data 1 Published & reviewed on your site 3 Uploaded & tagged 2 Small pieces, loosely joined

5 What is a Scratchpad? Your data 1 Published & reviewed on your site 3 Uploaded & tagged 2 FastIntuitiveFit for use Small pieces, loosely joined

6 What can Scratchpads do? Import, manage, search & browse: DNA & Phylogenies Specimens Literature Images

7 What can Scratchpads do? Integration & connectivity within & between sites DNA & Phylogenies Specimens Literature Images Taxonomy

8 What can Scratchpads do? Instantly build a site & curate the Web Google scholar, Yahoo! Images, BHL, NCBI sequences, GBIF maps (species page templates to integrate user data with quality information on the wider Web) Panels

9 What can Scratchpads do? Instantly build a site & curate the Web Google scholar, Yahoo! Images, BHL, NCBI sequences, GBIF maps (species page templates to integrate user data with quality information on the wider Web) Panels

10 Scratchpad applications 4th Edition Howard & Moore, Birds of the world (fact checking, data compilation, 2010, funding) A multipurpose, flexible technology eBooks

11 Scratchpad applications European Mosquito Bulletin (ISSN ), Phasmid Studies (ISSN ) (submission, review, & dissemination of articles) A multipurpose, flexible technology eJournals

12 Scratchpad applications Image galleries A multipurpose, flexible technology Nanno fossils, Cockroaches, Stick insects, Flatworms, Grasses, Lichens & many more… (rapid upload, annotation, & display of images)

13 ZOOTAXA A rapid international journal for animal taxonomists ISSN (Print Edition) & ISSN (Online Edition) Scratchpad applications A multipurpose, flexible technology GBIF, Zootaxa, Threatened Plants of the World (Kew), BarCoVer (DNA Barcoding) & more (space for data collection, services, discussion, & organization) Societies & Organizations

14 Scratchpad usage Content & contributors in the first year 102,000 pages, 237 contributors Jan

15 Scratchpad usage Content & contributors in the first year 112,000 pages, 504 contributors Feb

16 Scratchpad usage Content & contributors in the first year Pages: - Growth of 10% in Feb Across 57 sites (up from 53 in Jan. 08) - In detail: Definitions (47%) References (19%) Associations (10%) DNA sequences (7%) Images (3.5%) Maps (3.3%) Specimens (2.4%) Others (7.8%) 112,000 pages, 504 contributors Feb

17 Scratchpad usage Content & contributors in the first year Contributors: - Growth of 112% in Feb. 08 (half via ZooTaxa) - Contributors in more than 30 countries - In detail: Europe (55%) Unknown (29%) North America (9%) Asia (3%) Australasia (2.5%) South America (2%) Russia (0.8%) Middle East (0.4%) [Jan. 08] 112,000 pages, 504 contributors Feb

18 Scratchpad visitors Tracking visitors across sites Jan Feb

19 Scratchpad visitors Popular content: what visitors are looking at The long tail of taxonomy Visitors want less of more, i.e. everyone wants something different

20 Scratchpad visitors Visitor statistics

21 Scratchpad management Scalable & sustainable technology Virtual machine, open-source software, self-archiving, backed-up, multi-site configuration (easy to move & upgrade, secure & reliable, citable, screencasts, low admin., low marginal costs) Hardware, software & user support

22 Scratchpad prospects Future development work Functionality (more data types) - Ecological Interactions - Conservation actions (IUCN Red list) - Improved phylogeny management Integration (more interaction) - Encyclopedia of Life (Workbench) - More Panels (CBoL, IUCN, Plazi/ZooTaxa) - New gateway & mirror core Potential (long-term directions) - Grant income generation (>10m in new grants) - Bibliometrics / Webometrics - Use beyond biodiversity science

23 Thanks… Simon RycroftBen ScottDave Roberts

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26 Impact (Web equivalent to journal impact factor & personal H-index) Scratchpad bibliometrics Metrics of output and use 112,000 pages 504 contributors ContentUsage

27 Scratchpad visitors Keywords: how visitors find the sites

28 Scratchpad management Scalable & sustainable technology Online signup form, terms-of-use, auto. site creation, taskguide, screen-casts, sandbox (easy to get, legal, fast to create, intuitive to use, audio-video assistance, test-drive features) Signup & user support


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