Recorder 6 - Information

Licensing


JNCC transferred  responsibility for Recorder 6  to the  Recorder 6 Consortium on 31 March 2018 and no longer have any involvement in the system.


Funding


The Consortium is privately funded by donation.  


Software


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 version of SQL Server installed, we are not responsible for any issues with this.


The software is free. Any charges made for the supply of new copies are to cover the administration, allocation of a site id and limited support as agreed with the supplier.


Site id’s


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 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 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.  Users with copies are not allowed 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 also JNCC web site. Version 6.29  is only available from this site. While the source code for the current system is open source the actual v6.29 upgrade file is not and it may only be downloaded for the purpose of upgrading an existing licensed system.  


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   


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


Free support is provided at our discretion and only to users with legitimate site ids. We will not provide support to users who deliberately circumvent the R6 controls on data ownership.  


Documentation


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.  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 form the  JNCC site 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.


Software


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.  


Source Code


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.