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2020

Next Steps in the Evolution of Scratchpads

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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

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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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2019

Scratchpads release 2.9.11

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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

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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

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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 - https://scratchpads.readthedocs.io, 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 release - 2.9.4

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Today we have released Scratchpads version 2.9.4 to all sites. This is the first release from the new 6-week development cycle, with Josh Humphries taking his turn to look after the Scratchpads from 1st December 2018 to 17th January 2019.

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2018

Scratchpads: New and improved

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We are very pleased to announce the move to new, more powerful servers has been completed successfully. This means all Scratchpads are now running faster and will have much less downtime. And, at long last, we are again able to accept applications for new Scratchpads sites. You can sign up for a new site here, find out more about Scratchpads here, or give them a test drive on our sandbox. To our existing users, we’d like to again say thank you for your patience and resilience in sticking with the Scratchpads project through the last years of under-resourcing. It has been a huge effort to get back to this stage, and we hope now the Scratchpads are stable they will again be a worthy repository for your biodiversity data.

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Scratchpads downtime on Wed 20th Nov 2018

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Due to a planned server upgrade, NHM-hosted Scratchpads will be readonly from 8am and offline between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 20th November 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

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Creating a Sustainable Future for Scratchpads

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Over the course of this year, we’ve been working towards making Scratchpads a more stable service. As this work is coming close to fruition we wanted to give you an update on recent improvements, the impending move to a new server architecture, and our future development plans.

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Scratchpads downtime on Mon 13 Aug 2018

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Due to planned technical maintenance of the Natural History Museum London servers, NHM-hosted Scratchpads will be offline between 17:30 and 18:00 (GMT) on Monday 13th August 2018.

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