JNCC support for R6 will cease at the end of March 2018. However the Consortium
has received sufficient funding from an R6 user to be able to continue supporting
R6 for at least a year after this - possibly two. The level of support will be less
than that currently available under the JNCC contract, but should be sufficient
to maintain the system and ensure that users have support when they need it. Our
version of R6 will be based on Recorder 6, v 6.28, but will be independent of JNCC.
The Consortium fully supports the recent consultation on the future of R6 undertaken
by ALERC and have urged all users to take part in this. If this consultation results
in a suitable plan which will provide more comprehensive and longer term support
for all R6 users the Consortium will pass on the funding it has to ALERC. However,
should this not be the case, or if the implementation of any new arrangements are
delayed then the Consortium will endeavour to continue supporting R6 and seek additional
funding as necessary.
The aim of the Consortium will be to ensure that support is available if users encounter
problems and to keep the R6 species dictionary up to date. Beyond this they will
provide a framework which will allow development of R6 to continue subject to funding.
At some point in time Recorder 6 will need to be replaced, but until a replacement
has been specified and funding obtained then R6 needs to be maintained. Systems
do not operate in isolation so, in our view, maintenance must include the ability
to adapt to meet changing requirements.
Recorder 6 can be installed and run under Windows XP and all subsequent versions.
It will install and run on Windows 10. The latest installation version is 6.26.2.
This requires SQL Server 2008 , SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014 or SQL Server
2016 to be installed before the installation of R 6. Version 6.28 0 is the latest
Recorder continues to be supported and upgraded when installed on SQL Server 2000
(or MSDE), SQL Server 2005 , but the latest version can no longer be installed on
these version of SQL Server.
Recorder 6 will run on Virtual Servers and is working successfully on a number of
such installations. We know of two instances where there have been problems with
Virtual Servers, but these appear to be down to the set up of the servers and not
to any issue with R6.
There is no alternative system to R6 available, without the loss of important data.
Unlike accounting and similar systems where transaction data can be consolidated
or archived when moving to a new system, biological recording systems need to retain
the detailed information so that it can be reviewed in the light of new research
or development. In this context R6 is just a front end to a well designed database
which contains information which needs to be retained and accessed indefinitely.
Those involved in the support of R6 are aiming to continue supporting and developing
it until such time there is a replacement system available which can be used without
the loss of any information. We believe that R6 has many years life left yet, however,
at some point (we are not there yet) it may not run on the latest MS Operating system
or on the latest version of SQL server.
Recorder 6.28 will be the last version available in the JNCC repository (GIT).
This version has been forked and it is this forked version which will be used by
the Consortium for ant future development.