An Overview of the Biodiversity Heritage Library


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An Overview of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. University of Pretoria Visitor Presentation. Smithsonian Libraries. 20 September 2013.

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An Overview of the Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. Specimen collections Databases Publications Observations ‘Gray’ literature Index cards Field notebooks Taxonomic Impediment
  2. 2. Technology Library Science Biodiversity Heritage Library
  3. 3. BHL “classic” or US/UK: 15 institutions …Formed in 2006, 13 members and 2 affiliates 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
  4. 4. BHL “classic” or US/UK: Key Organizational Points • BHL is not a legal entity; fiduciary and legal agreements are generally delegated to individual members • Membership is governed my a Memorandum of Understanding signed by all members • Two levels of membership (as of 2013): • Member (voting and administrative input); annual dues of $10,000 USD • Affiliate (provide content or other services to BHL; no voting or input into overall BHL direction) • BHL Secretariat (Administrative component), housed at the Smithsonian Libraries • BHL Technical Team (housed at Missouri Botanical Garden) • BHL Executive Committee (elected by Members): Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary
  5. 5. BHL Institutional Council | Woods Hole | May 2013
  6. 6. Secretariat and Technical Staff August 2011Program Director Program Manager Collections Coordinator Technical Director Programmer Data Analyst
  7. 7. What is Biodiversity Content?
  8. 8. Collection Management Cycle Deduplication Digitization Users Curation Selection
  9. 9. Selection High-yield taxonomic materials Unique & rare materials Permissions titles User requested titles & gap-fills Discipline specific subject matter Non-BHL member materials ingested from the Internet Archive ACTIVE /HIGH PRIORITY PASSIVE /LOW PRIORITY
  10. 10. Increase agreements with publishers of in copyright materials US Titles: 206 UK Titles: 67 TOTAL TITLES: 273 US Licensors: 85 UK Licensors: 40 TOTAL LICENSORS: 125
  11. 11. Digitization Workflow Insert Smithsonian Macaw software here
  12. 12. Internet Archive Scanning Northeast Regional Scanning Facility (Boston) New Jersey Facility Natural History Museum, London Fedscan (Library of Congress) Internet Archive (San Francisco) Smithsonian Libraries Missouri Botanical Garden (Non-Scribe operation)
  13. 13. Scanning Operations: Macaw
  14. 14. 41,510,620 pages 118,151 items 62,754 titles 19 September 2013 Content Growth 2007-2013
  15. 15. … and now including segments 92,356 “segments”
  16. 16. New Content Types Field Books and other archival materials Stand along or linked illustrations
  17. 17. Secretariat Technical Member operations BHL Expenditures
  18. 18. 233 countriesUsers in 233 Countries
  19. 19. User Statistics: 2007 - 2013 Visitors: 3,628,088 Page Views: 17,604,395 New vs. Returning: 50.06% vs. 49.04% 2007 2013 146,798 visitors | November 2012
  20. 20. TheMachineIsUs/ingUs <Response xmlns:xsi=" instance" 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>
  21. 21. I am thrilled with what I have been able to find re: archaic mammary embryology some of which I had been hoping to find at the National Library of Medicine, and to get it through your program was a huge advantage. Last night I believe I requested and received 11 PDFs, all of which are essential to a review paper* I am completing. Olav T. Oftedal PhD Smithsonian Environmental Research Center * “Evo-Devo of the Mammary Gland” by Oftedal, et al. Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia (May 2013)
  22. 22. Facebook Total Page Likes: 4,384 Twitter @ BioDivLibrary Total Followers: 2,369 Pinterest 2,373 images & 16 collections Blog Total Visits: 9,096 (2Q13) BHL Social Media February 2013
  23. 23. 3.8 million total views | 63,000 images (13 Feb 13)
  24. 24. Firewall Images (JP2) PDF Coordinate-based OCR XML metadata BHL Architecture: Window Seat Ed. BHL DB Internet Archive Storage Logic APIs UI Data Exports Access Data Transform Utilities Geocoding Name Finding
  25. 25. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenDLF Forum 2012 Denver CO Art of Life project
  26. 26. Scanning Locally, Collaborating Globally  6 global nodes: By country, region, language  Each node is independent and self-organized, but work under a set of common principles  Share content as much as possible  Node leaders form a Global Coordinating Committee  Goal is to share a common portal where possible  Goal is to develop multi-lingual portal
  27. 27. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenDLF Forum 2012 Denver CO Art of Life project BHL Africa Launch | Pretoria | April 2013
  28. 28. Global BHL Steering Committee August 2011 Vice Chair SecretaryChair
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. Thank you! Enkosi! Danki! Ngiyabonga! Ke a leboha! Ndzi khense ngofu Ndi a livhuwa