A Vast Library of Life: The Biodiversity Heritage Library as a window to the living world

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A Vast Library of Life: The Biodiversity Heritage Library as a window to the living world. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Mae Jemison Science Reading Room. Pretoria, South Africa. 11 June 2012.

A Vast Library of Life: The Biodiversity Heritage Library as a window to the living world. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Mae Jemison Science Reading Room. Pretoria, South Africa. 11 June 2012.

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  • 1. A Vast Library of Life: The BiodiversityHeritage Library as a window to the living world Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Libraries | Washington, DC Mae Jemison Science Reading Room Pretoria, South Africa | 11 June 2012
  • 2. LionLionWalrusArmadilloGiraffe
  • 3. LionLion = Panthera leoWalrus = Odobenus rosmarusArmadillo = Dasypus novemcinctusGiraffe = Giraffa camelopardalis
  • 4. Where do these names come from?
  • 5. Biodiversity Heritage LibraryVishwas Chavan travels a lot. Aninformatician based at the NationalChemical Laboratory in Pune, India, hecollects data on what types of animal livewhere in India to enter into a biodiversitydatabase … Much of the informationChavan seeks is in old, out-of-printtomes … To find them, Chavan hasspent years trailing around libraries. Hedreams of the day when books such asthese are scanned and made availableas digital files on the Internet. “Science in the Web Age: The Real Death of Print” by Andreas von Bubnoff Nature 438, 550-552 1 December 2005
  • 6. BHL US Partners
  • 7. Scanning a Books
  • 8. Biodiversity Heritage Library : 2006
  • 9. > 390,000 views in 10months> 30,000+ images
  • 10. Demonstration ofBHL Flickr Collection
  • 11. BHL AfricaThanks to the generosity of theJRS Foundation, an initialmeeting with potential AfricanBHL participants was held inChicago (Nov 2011).In June 2012, again with thesupport of the JRS Foundation,the first BHL AfricanOrganizational meeting will beheld in Cape Town inconjunction with the SANBIBIMF 2012 meeting.Over 25 participants from sub-Saharan Africa will join BHLmembers to discuss theparameters of a BHL Africa.
  • 12. Thank you