The 1st Scratchpads Workshop

The 1st Scratchpads Workshop for Athens was held on May 11th and 12th at the Department of Biology, University of Athens. It was organized by the Zoological Museum of the University of Athens (ZMUA) and the LifeWatchGreece Infrastructure. Dr Dimitris Koureas was invited from the Natural History Museum in London, UK and under his guidance about 25 attendees of the workshop from Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklio and even Denmark, utilized the infrastructure and tools of Scratchpads in order to create taxonomic and regional biodiversity sites.

The workshop focused on basic training on the use of the user interface, features of data import and problem solving. The collaboration features between users, collaborators and maintainers of Scratchpads were particularly promoted with hands-on exercises. This workshop provided a first, significant insight on a powerful tool, making good use of the vast biodiversity knowledge researchers have in their notepads, personal computers and minds.