Ecological interactions in the Scratchpads virtual research environment

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2019
Authors:E. Baker, Dupont, S., Smith, V. Stuart
Journal:Biodiversity Data Journal
Pagination:10 pp
Date Published:11-2019

The Natural History Museum, London has a number of online databases that describe interactions between species, including the HOSTS database of lepidopteran host plants (Robinson et al. 2010) and a database of Dipterocarp Seed Predators. These databases were generally bespoke software, which has increased the technical work necessary to sustain these resources. The decision was taken to migrate these to either the Scratchpads Virtual Research Environment (VRE) (Smith et al. 2011) or to the museum's Data Portal (Scott et al. 2019), depending on the complexity of the existing resource, as both are being sustained by the Informatics Group at the Natural History Museum, London. Resources that can be best represented as a single table were moved to the Data Portal, while those best represented in a relational model were transferred to Scratchpads. In
addition, the Scratchpad (Smith and Broom 2019), which already contained ecological interaction data, was migrated to the new system.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith