The Biodiversity Heritage Library


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The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. The Biodiversity Heritage Library Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Libraries Biodiversity Heritage Library Fulbright Academy Open Board Meeting 15 February 02013 | Washington, DC
  2. 2. The Wherefore of BHLThe cultivation ofnatural science cannotbe efficiently carriedon without referenceto an extensive libraryCharles Darwin, et al(1847)
  3. 3. Taxonomic ImpedimentSpecimen collectionsDatabasesPublicationsObservations‘Gray’ literatureIndex cardsField notebooks
  4. 4. Biodiversity Heritage LibraryTechnology Library Science
  5. 5. 15 Member institutions …Formed in 2006 15 Members •Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives •American Museum of Natural History Library •California Academy of Sciences Library •Cornell University Library •The Field Museum Library •Harvard University Botany Libraries •Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology •Library of Congress •Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library •Missouri Botanical Garden Library •Natural History Museum, London, Library & Archives •The New York Botanical Garden •Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, Library & Archives •Smithsonian Institution Libraries •United States Geological Survey Libraries
  6. 6. Secretariat and Technical StaffAugust 2011 Director Program Technical Director Program Manager Programmer Collections Coordinator Data Analyst
  7. 7. Content Growth2007-2013 40,329,911pages 111,310 items 58,210 titles 11 February 201
  8. 8. Items Added: Past 12 MonthsCornell ingest | Dec 2011 14,458 Average: 1,204 / month
  9. 9. User Statistics: 2007 - 2012Visitors: 3,628,088Page Views: 17,604,395New vs. Returning: 48.88% vs. 50.12% 112,584 visitors | March 2012 20122007
  10. 10. 233233 CountriesUsers in countries
  11. 11. TheMachineIsUs/ingUs<Responsexmlns:xsi=""xmlns:xsd=""><Status>ok</Status><Result><Item><ItemID>16800</ItemID><Volume/><Contributor>MBLWHOI Library</Contributor><Sponsor>MBLWHOI Library</Sponsor><Language>English</Language><LicenseUrl/><Rights/><DueDiligence/><CopyrightStatus/><CopyrightRegion/></Item>
  12. 12. Increase agreements withpublishers of in copyright materials (up from ~250)
  13. 13. BHL Architecture: Window Seat Ed.Access Data Data APIs APIs UI UI Exports ExportsLogic Geocoding Geocoding Firewall Firewall Data Transform Data Transform Name Name BHL DB BHL DB Utilities Utilities Finding FindingStorage Images (JP2) Internet Archive Internet Archive PDF Coordinate-based OCR XML metadata
  14. 14. The Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2006
  15. 15. Experiment with taxonomic markupSmithsonian Contributionsand Studies SeriesCollaboration with SmithsonianInstitution Scholarly Press1,000+ titles; 100,000 pages
  16. 16. 3.8 million total views | 63,000 images (13 Feb 13)
  17. 17. 233233 CountriesUsers in countries
  18. 18. June 2012Over 30 librarians,scientists, informaticiansgathered in Cape Town,South Africa to start theformation of the BHLAfrica node; funded byJRS Foundation
  19. 19. DLF Forum 2012 Denver CO Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  20. 20. Facebook Total Page Likes: 4,384 Pinterest 2,373 images & 16 collections BHL Social Media February 2013 Blog Total Visits: 9,096 (2Q13)Twitter @ BioDivLibraryTotal Followers: 2,369
  21. 21. Outreach
  22. 22. May I compliment you on this splendid service? The Librarys invaluable for my work on seasonal variability of climate and vector-borne disease in “ T h British India, 1875-1940. a n k I really appreciatey your work. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is an excellent resource that regularly helps my o u assistant and I obtain original descriptions for plants .... I feel so privileged m be working in a day in age when such to u resources are so readily available and easy to obtain. c h f o r yWhat an absolutely owonderful site.It is a treasure trove of information. u rThank you! h e
  23. 23. Looking Forward In any well-appointed Natural History Library there should be found every book and every edition of every book dealing in the remotest way with the subjects concerned. Charles Davies Sherborn Epilogue to Index Animalium, March 1922
  24. 24. Thanks … Questions and Discussion
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