Think of the countless ecological interactions that occur in nature, from the environmental impacts of an elephant roaming the Serengeti savanna to the swimming of a ciliate protozoa in the Amazon.
Now, imagine the problem faced by biological researchers trying to categorize data about millions of species and adding them to the evolutionary tree.
Enter Scratchpads. These free web-based tools enable research communities to input, store, search for and share data sets that are hard to generalize. They act as a type of social network for academic researchers and could streamline the scholarly communication process, which is often expensive and complicated.