JNCC transferred responsibility for Recorder 6 to the Recorder 6 Consortium on
31 March 2018. They have relinquished all rights to the software and no longer have
any involvement in the system. The Consortium is funded directly by its members and
does not receive funding from any other source. It is independent of the Steering
Group. The aim of the Consortium is to ensure that support is available if users
encounter problems (bugs)and to keep the R6 species dictionary up to date. Beyond
this the Consortium provides a framework which will allow development of R6 to continue.
The JNCC website will no longer be updated so please use this site to get the latest
The Consortium only provides support for bug fixes and does not provide support for
the installation of Recorder 6 or for the general use of the application.
A new Steering Group has been set up by ALERC to take forward the development of
Recorder 6 and in particular to work towards a replacement . The Steering Group intends
to charge users an annual fee for Recorder 6. Payment of this fee would allow users
to access the application upgrades and dictionary updates for the year, but it is
hoped a large proportion of the fee paid will go towards a Recorder 6 replacement.
Arrangements are currently being put in place to collect this fee. The Steering
Group will make its own announcement about the level of support it will provide
to those who have paid the fee. Please be aware that the Consortium does not receive
any funding from the Steering group for the support of Recorder 6, but will be working
closely with the Steering Group for the benefit of all R6 users.
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.
Support is available to legitimate holders of an R6 Site ID.
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.