Digitisation of Taxonomic Data: Current Approaches

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Yet another BHL Demo given by David Remsen of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) at the Asian Regional Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand

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Digitisation of Taxonomic Data: Current Approaches

  1. 1. GLOBALBIODIVERSITY<br />INFORMATIONFACILITY<br />Digitisation: Taxonomic Data<br />From pages to petabytes<br />Asian Regional Meeting and Biodiversity Informatics Workshop 16-19 Nov 2009<br />David Remsen<br />Senior Programme Officer, ECAT<br />
  2. 2. Scope<br />Taxonomic data originates in publications<br />Most species are known from a single publication – original description<br />How do I find it?<br />Access to taxonomic literature critical<br />Never “out of date”<br />Retrospective approaches<br />Prospective approaches<br />
  3. 3. Retrospective Literature<br />100M pages – Core<br />150M pages - Pre-1923<br />280-320 M – All taxonomic literature<br />Free and open access to all biodiversity literature<br />
  4. 4. Biodiversity Heritage Library<br /><ul><li>Missouri Botanical Garden
  5. 5. New York Botanical Garden
  6. 6. Royal Botanic Garden Kew
  7. 7. Harvard University
  8. 8. MBL/WHOI Library Woods Hole
  9. 9. BHL Europe (2009)
  10. 10. BHL Asia?</li></ul>American Museum of Natural History<br />CA Academy of Sciences<br />Field Museum<br />Natural History Museum London<br />Smithsonian Institution Libraries<br />
  11. 11. BHL Process<br />
  12. 12. Digitisation: One page at a time…<br />Regional Scanning Centers<br />BHL SCRIBE system<br />
  13. 13. Now Online<br />25M pages<br />34K titles<br />66K volumes<br />5M different names<br />Use it<br />bhl@oeb.harvard.edu<br />biodiversitylibrary.org<br />
  14. 14. Prospective Literature<br />
  15. 15. Multiple Uses for data<br />

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