Currently Data Portal Lead Architect, managing the development of the Museum's new open data platform (data.nhm.ac.uk). I also developed a live crowdsourcing workflow for Science Uncovered 2014, a public showcase of the Museum's digitisation work (http://su2014.benscott.co.uk/). Previously I worked as senior developer on the Museum’s EU-funded ViBRANT project, helping build the Scratchpads scientific data collaboration platform.
Before joining the Museum I ran Brighton Digital, contracted to build websites for public sector and charitable organisations including Comic Relief, AgeUK, the NHS and Greenwich University, along with many SMEs. I also co-founded and built richseam.com, an award winning tech startup using linked open data to power music recommendations.
I am an open data, open science and open source enthusiast, and enjoy finding creative solutions to digital challenges.
- History BA (Hons), University of Sussex, United Kingdom
- Information Systems (PG Dip), University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Simulating UK plant biodiversity under climate change to aid landscape decision making
Role: Principal investigatorBrummitt NA
Total value £293,306 (to Museum £176,387)
Dates: 2020 - 2022
The interplay of land-use, climate and plant biodiversity on the UK stage
Role: Principal investigatorReeve R
Co-investigator: Brummitt N
Total value £49,925 (to Museum £1,000)
Dates: 2019 - 2020
Bachman S, Moat J, Hill A, de la Torre J, Scott B (null) Supporting Red List threat assessments with GeoCAT: geospatial conservation assessment tool. ZooKeys, 150 : 117 - 126. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2109
Smith V, Rycroft S, Brake I, Scott B, Baker E, Livermore L, Blagoderov V, Roberts D (null) Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science. ZooKeys, 150 : 53 - 70. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2193
Blagoderov V, Brake I, Georgiev T, Penev L, Roberts D, Ryrcroft S, Scott B, Agosti D, Catapano T, Smith V (null) Streamlining taxonomic publication: a working example with Scratchpads and ZooKeys. ZooKeys, 50 : 17 - 28. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.539
Penev L, Agosti D, Georgiev T, Catapano T, Miller J, Blagoderov V, Roberts D, Smith V, Brake I, Ryrcroft S, Scott B, Johnson N, Morris R, Sautter G, Chavan V, Robertson T, Remsen D, Stoev P, Parr C, Knapp S, Kress WJ, Thompson F, Erwin T (null) Semantic tagging of and semantic enhancements to systematics papers: ZooKeys working examples. ZooKeys, 50 : 1 - 16. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.538
Smith VS, Rycroft SD, Harman KT, Scott B, Roberts D (2009) Scratchpads: a data-publishing framework to build, share and manage information on the diversity of life. BMC Bioinformatics, 10 (S14) : doi: 10.1186/1471-2105-10-s14-s6