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e-Monocot is a NERC funded consortium between Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Oxford University and the Natural History Museum.


Grant no's 279981, 279984 & 279970. Period, Nov./Dec. 2010 to Oct./Nov. 2013.




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Download a Microsoft Office Dictionary from your site

Using Scratchpads it is now possible to download a custom dictionary for Microsoft Office. This allows you to spellcheck the scientific names of the organisms you study.

The custom dictionary can be downloaded by going to Structure > Taxonomy and then clicking 'Settings' for the vocabulary you would like to download a dictionary of. Clicking the "Download Dictionary' tab will start the download of the *.dic file.

Instructions for installing the custom dictionary can be found here (follow Method 2 from point 2).

Zoological Compliance for IPNI autocomplete

A new Drupal module: Biblio autocomplete.

Linnean Society: Online Taxonomy Meeting



Managing eMonocot Scratchpads tools

As I mentioned before, one of the things that tailoring Scratchpads to a particular community or project allows us to do is to develop functionality that is specific to that community or project. Within the eMonocot project we have developed some functionality that is useful across all of the eMonocot Scratchpads (e.g. the IPNI webservice) while other parts (e.g.

List of eMonocot Scratchpads

A list of eMonocot Scratchpads is now available on this site.

Using IPNI to autocomplete publication names

One of the advantages of making a custom Scratchpads profile for a particular group of users is that this allows us to tailor the functionality of a site to the specific needs of a particular community or project.

eMonocot and Swiss Orchid Foundation collaboration

Back in April Ruth Bone, Paul Wilkin and I visited the Swiss Orchid Foundation in Basel, Switzerland to discuss ways in which we could work together. As part of this collaboration it was decided that the eMonocot project could display images and digitised specimens from the Swiss Orchid Foundation's database of World Orchid Iconography on the eMonocot Scratchpads and portal.


Presentations from Carex BioSynC meeting

Introduction to eMonocot (Dave Simpson)
Scratchpads developed and conceived by: Vince Smith, Simon Rycroft, Dave Roberts, Ben Scott...