Why choose Scratchpads?

Create your own website to connect, work with and share your data. READ MORE

Scratchpads are an easy and effective way to present your data online. READ MORE

Link and share your structured data to make it widely accessible. READ MORE

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.


The Scratchpads 2.9.8 release is a maintenance release, fixing a few minor bugs and upgrading Drupal from 7.63 to 7.67.

Today we have released Scratchpads version 2.9.4 to all sites.

We are very pleased to announce the move to new, more powerful servers has been completed successfully.

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.

Case studies


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.

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)

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.

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.


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

Scratchpads around the world

300 Scratchpads by 2,091 active users covering 75,802 taxa in 443,386 pages.

Our 26 Scratchpads ambassadors are located across the globe: