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Why choose Scratchpads?

Create your own site

Create your own website to connect, work with and share your data.
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Publish your data online

Scratchpads are an easy and effective way to present your data online.
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Contribute to biodiversity knowledge

Link and share your structured data to make it widely accessible.
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Collaborate with your peers

Whether you want to prepare a paper with colleagues, build a bibliographic database or create a reference collection of images and observations, Scratchpads can help.
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Case studies

  • Screenshot of DEST scratchpad


    The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) aims at transferring knowledge between current and future generations of taxonomists by providing high quality education and prepare students for future taxonomic careers. DEST is using Scratchpads as a coordination and dissemination platform.

    Visit DEST Scratchpad
  • Screenshot of Solanaceae Source scratchpad

    Solanaceae Source

    Solanaceae Source aims to provide a worldwide taxonomic monograph of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The family is of considerable economic importance and contains species that are used as food (potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants), medicines (henbane and deadly nightshades) and in horticulture (petunias)

    Visit Solanaceae Source Scratchpad
  • Screenshot of Sampled Red List Index for Plants scratchpad

    Sampled Red List Index for Plants

    SRLI for Plants collects vital information on plant species, including habitat, population and threats, which are used to determine risk of extinction. This is part of an ongoing monitoring effort to help understand the status and trends of plant species over time.

    Visit Sampled Red List Index for Plants Scratchpad
  • Screenshot of African ichthyology portal scratchpad

    African ichthyology portal

    Africhthy is a web portal for African ichthyology created to make available species data & literature as well as to promote efficient networking and collaboration among professionals, students and hobbyists.

    Visit African ichthyology portal Scratchpad
  • Screenshot of AntKey scratchpad


    Antkey is a community resource for the identification of invasive, introduced and commonly intercepted ant species from across the globe

    Visit AntKey Scratchpad


  • Next Steps in the Evolution of Scratchpads

    This week at the TDWG 2020 conference we presented our intention to migrate Scratchpads away from its current Drupal codebase and towards a system that’s easier to support. Part of this involves an exploration of data storage platforms that we can partner with so that our developers can focus more on the user interface.
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  • Scratchpads release 2.9.12

    Scratchpads version 2.9.12 has been released, and we are in the process of updating all sites to this latest version.
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  • Scratchpads release 2.9.11

    Scratchpads version 2.9.11 has been released, and we are in the process of updating all sites to this latest version.
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  • Scratchpads release 2.9.8

    The Scratchpads 2.9.8 release is a maintenance release, fixing a few minor bugs and upgrading Drupal from 7.63 to 7.67.
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  • New training course and release of versions 2.9.6 & 2.9.7

    It's been a busy few months for the Scratchpad team. Today, we completed the deployment of Scratchpads version 2.9.7 to all sites. This was the culmination of the first six-week sprint from Ginger, who implemented the following bug fixes and features in this release: If you've been watching the Scratchpads Github repository you may have noticed a flurry of activity in the issue queue - and it may appear that we now have more bugs than we started with at the beginning of the sprint. This is just because we've been going through some of the issues we imported over from our old support site and reclassifying or closing them as necessary. Nearly 200 issues have been closed in the past six weeks! We've also tidied up the labels a little, and added some automation to help us keep the queue cleaner in future. Prior to this was Ben Scott's turn at the Scratchpads helm, with the following fixes included in the 2.9.6 release: Alongside this work, we have completely updated the Scratchpads online documentation -, and taught our first Scratchpad training course for over two years, at the Facultad de Agronomía in Montevideo, Uruguay. We hope this is the first of many training courses, and if you would find it useful for the Scratchpad team to teach at your institution please do get in touch.
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Scratchpads around the world

Our 26 Scratchpads ambassadors are located across the globe: