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Presentation given by Henning Scholz at the BioSystematics Symposium 2011 in Berlin

Presentation given by Henning Scholz at the BioSystematics Symposium 2011 in Berlin

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  • Literature research as the starting point for every scientific work.
  • Ten years ago, literature access was slow and expensive, today it is usually very convenient. People almost expect to get all literature online, right in the moment when they need it.
  • Google Books not mentioned here, although I know many of you are using it anyway. However, we are not considering it as a trustworthy site producing the quality we need.
  • Aktueller screenshot des gesamtdatensatzes, der die zahl zeigt
  • And this is not just a virtual network, but a real project collaborating even in face to face meetings.
  • BHL-US, BHL-Europe and all the other nodes working together for the same goal, and we are working an a solution for all of you. However, we all have some regional requirements based on the nature of the individual nodes as individual projects. These requirements sometimes makes it difficult and you need to understand this, but these requirements on the other hand are a chance to really build a stable and sustainable system.


  • 1. World wide access to biodiversity literature The Biodiversity Heritage Library Henning Scholz 1 & Tom Garnett 2 1 Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany 2 Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, USA
  • 2. Charles Darwin et al. 1847 The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library.
  • 3. Ten years ago
    • Virtual libraries (online)
    • Digital libraries (online)
    • Download/print books & articles
    • E-Journals & Open Access
    • PDF & Email
    OPAC, library catalogues Libraries (travel) Copy books & articles Printed material Reprints & snail mail
  • 4. Ecosystem of services BHL BHL-Europe BHL-China BHL-Australia BHL-SouthAmerica Arab Language BHL CiteBank EoL Europeana GRIB EDIT CoL VIAF EJT vifabio AnimalBase Tropicos BioStor
  • 5. BHL
  • 6. BHL 2007 SIL, MOBOT, AMNH, Harvard Botany Library, MCZ, MBL/WHOI, Field Museum, NYBG NHM, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • 7. BHL today
    • 87,788 volumes online
    • 32,706,117 pages online (9.2.2011)
    • About 70 Tb data
    • OCR, page level access
    • Bibliographic indexing
    • Taxonomic metadata
    • Metadata re-use
    • Open Access
  • 8. BHL today
  • 9. BHL today
  • 10. BHL-Europe
  • 11. BHL-Europe
    • Main principles:
    • No digitisation
        • BHL-Europe is not funded to digitise
    • Best Practice Network
        • No research and development project
        • Building a solution with existing (state-of-the-art) technologies and bring it onto the market
        • Existing European repositories of digital biodiversity literature into a multilingual BHL-Europe portal and Europeana
        • Long-term preservation and sustainability
  • 12. BHL-Europe Partner
  • 13. BHL-Europe results
  • 14. GRIB Aim: Develop bibliographic database (union catalogue with content management and deduplication functionalities).  G lobal R eference I ndex to B iodiversity ( ) Collaboration : European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) User: Scientist, taxonomist, librarian
  • 15. Europeana
    • >15 million objects
    • Mona Lisa to Charles Darwin
    • Texts, images, videos, sounds
    • 88,997 BHL-Europe objects
    • Three BHL-Europe partners
    • Non BHL-Europe content
  • 16. BHL-Global
  • 17. BHL-Global
  • 18. Regional Requirements Mass digitisation Contractual obligations ( MacArthur ) Driven by EoL Service for scientists Copyright Technology Improve interoperability Contractual obligations (EC) Driven by Europeana Service for the public Copyright Technology
  • 19. BioSystematics 2011 You are the user… … vivid discussions … future developments … hands on training
  • 20. Dr. Henning Scholz Project Coordinator BHL-Europe Museum für Naturkunde Invalidenstraße 43 D-10115 Berlin Email: … Questions