Those who know GCER will know that we've been wrestling with the thorny issue of how best to provide online species recording. We have a range of different users who might want this facility, and catering to all of them is not straightforward. We have settled on a combination of measures, one of which really needed a test website where we could try things out without risking a crash to our main site.
We are grateful to the National Biodiversity Network and in particular John van Breda, who provided us with a trial site built using Drupal content management and featuring the Indicia online recording system. This template formed the basis of our test site, which will help us to provide improved facilities for recorders and data users.