JNCC support for R6 has ceased. 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. Transfer of support should
for most users be seamless. We believe the JNCC website will no longer be updated
so please use this site to get the latest updates etc. Our version of R6 will be
based on Recorder 6, v 6.28, but will be independent of JNCC. Our first upgrade
6.29 is in the testing phase.
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 any remaining 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 7 and all MS operating systems.
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 be installed before the installation of R 6. Version 6.28.0 is the latest
upgrade . Compatibility level must be 80 or 100 not above). There are issues with
SQL Server 2017, some of which have been addressed, but further testing is required.
Recorder was being supported on SQL Server 2000 (or MSDE) and SQL Server 2005 ,
but from version 6.29 it will no longer be supported on these version of SQL Server.
It may still run on these versions, but the upgrade scripts may need to be adapted.
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.