Project manager
Dave Roberts is a microbiologist specialising in ciliated protozoa. The problems of ciliate nomenclature led to Dave's involvement in the influential Nomencurator project and, indirectly, to running Workpackage 6 (Unifying revisionary Taxonomy on the Web) in the EU-funded Network of Excellence EDIT.
Coincidentally, Vince Smith was appointed to the Museum as the world's first professional "cybertaxonomist" and so Scratchpads were born in EDIT as a platform to encourage taxonomists to share their data on the web. Dave is now project manager for ViBRANT that is intended to foster a network of web-based services aimed at mobilising biological information, within which Scratchpads act as a primary interface for user interactions.