JNCC transferred responsibility for Recorder 6 to the Recorder 6 Consortium from 1 April 2018 and no longer have any involvement in the system. You are only licensed to use the software if you have a site id and security key obtained from JNCC or a JNCC authorised reseller, or from the Recorder 6 Consortium.
Software and Dictionary Updates
We believe the software to be of a high standard, but have no control over the system on which it is installed. Before upgrading the system or installing dictionary updates it is the users responsibility to ensure that they have a full backup of all the files necessary. Also to make sure that R6 is working to their satisfaction before deleting the backups.
Recorder 6 needs a version of SQL Server installed, we are not responsible for any issues with this.
The Recorder 6 program, including upgrades comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, as do the dictionary updates.
The only legitimate site id are those allocated by JNCC or by an approved JNCC source up to 31 March 2018. Then those issued or authorised by Sally Rankin or Mike Weideli on behalf of the Consortium. Only the Consortium has the information necessary to issue unique site ids’s. Do not accept a site id from any other source as they could potentially be duplicates.
Application Source Code and Upgrades
The source code for the main application is open source (GNU General Public License version 3 )
as is the code for most, but not all of the addins. The installation package up to V6.26 was not made publicly available by JNCC and has now been transferred to the Consortium. Users with copies of R6 are not licensed to transfer or sell them to anyone else. The copies on this site are provided exclusively for use in repairing or moving an existing licensed installation to another machines, or for a new installation supplied by the R6 Consortium.
Upgrades are only licensed for installation on a system with a legitimate site id (see above). Upgrades up to v6.28 are available from this site and possibly from JNCC. Version 6.29 and above are officially only available from this site. The Consortium is not responsible for versions of the software or the updates which may be available on other sites or from other sources.
It is the users responsibility to ensure that they have a full backup of all the files necessary, before upgrading the system or installing dictionary updates. Also to make sure that R6 is working to their satisfaction before deleting the backups.
Dictionary Upgrades are available free. Dictionary updates after 000000049 are the property of Littlefield Consultancy. They are licensed for installation on a system with a legitimate R6 site id (see above). The software used to generate these is the property of Littlefield Consultancy. The version available in the repository is the last version paid for by JNCC, but is out of date and will not generate a valid dictionary upgrade, following changes by the NHM in the data structure.
It is the users responsibility to ensure that they have a full backup of all the files necessary, before installing dictionary updates. Also to make sure that R6 is working to their satisfaction before deleting the backups.
Support is provided at our discretion. We will not provide support to users who deliberately circumvent the R6 controls on data ownership or other controls in the system.
Documentation on this site may be freely downloaded or copied and used by users with legitimate site id’s for the management of their systems. It must not be copied into other systems without permission. Some parts of this site have been derived from the now dormant JNCC site. This documentation is not subject to any restrictions, but should be obtained from JNCC and NOT from here.
Support We will only support users who manage R6 in accordance with the principles of record ownership built into the system and covered in the documentation.
Support is available to legitimate holders of an R6 Site ID. Legitimate holders must have a site id allocated by JNCC or by an approved JNCC source up to 31 March 2018. After that only site id’s issued or authorised by Sally Rankin on behalf of the Consortium are legitimate. We will only support users who manage R6 in accordance with the principles of record ownership built into the system and covered in the documentation.
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 any future development. The source code for the main Recorder 6 application is open source, but the source code for some addins is not. Source code for the application which produces the dictionary is not open source. The version of this in the repository is no longer up to date and will not produce accurate update files.