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Workspaces on MorphoBank exist as separate "projects," completely independent from all others and accessible only to the creator of the workspace and those to whom the creator has explicitly granted access. As we shall see, a workspace contains all of your project data - taxa, characters and states, specimens, bibliographic references, media (typically images, but also video and sounds) and matrices. These data are completely private to the workspace and cannot be modified or, prior to publication, accessed by those outside of the project.
You are free to develop your dataset in any way you choose. While use of character ontologies, taxonomic authories and specimen databases is in general good practice and highly encouraged, MorphoBank does not mandate their use. How you conduct your research in your workspace is entirely up to you.
You can create as many projects as you need; in general you should create a project for each discrete research problem or paper you are working on. Remember that workspaces are completely independent from one another and do not interact in any way. There is no sharing of data between project workspaces, and each workspace is only accessible to those to whom you explicitly grant access. If you have multiple workspaces with identical member lists and/or need of shared data, then you should consider consolidating them into a single project workspace.
To create a new project, login to MorphoBank and navigate to the My Projects section. You will see an orange "Create New Project" button at the top of the page. This will display a
Project form, which includes fields for project title and
abstract, publication information and settings for allowing anonymous
reviewer access to your data. To start you need only to specify a title,
although an abstract is strongly suggested. You may edit this information at
any time, many users provide provisional information at the start.