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Open Scientific Digital Libraries: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

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"Open Scientific Digital Libraries: The Biodiversity Heritage Library." Martin R. Kalfatovic. Digital Libraies for the Maghreb. Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology. Washington, DC. 24 January …

"Open Scientific Digital Libraries: The Biodiversity Heritage Library." Martin R. Kalfatovic. Digital Libraies for the Maghreb. Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology. Washington, DC. 24 January 2010.

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  • 1. Open Scientific DigitalLibraries Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian LibrariesThe Biodiversity Digital Libraries for North Africa / Maghreb Fulbright Academy of Science & TechnologyHeritage Library Washington, DC 24-25 January 2011
  • 2. Taxonomic ImpedimentSpecimen collectionsDatabasesPublicationsObservations‘Gray’ literatureIndex cardsField notebooks
  • 3. Biodiversity Heritage Library 2005-2009 American Museum of  Smithsonian Institution Natural History Libraries Field Museum  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew California Academy of Sciences  Missouri Botanical Garden Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard)  Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia) New York Botanical Garden  Marine Biological Laboratory/WHOI Natural History Museum (London)  Harvard Botany Libraries
  • 4. Goals> Digitization of biodiversity literature> Creation of a global partnership> Engagement of the research community
  • 5. 33+ million pages ofTaxonomic literature
  • 6. 1.5+ million users
  • 7. Six Continents
  • 8. Global BHLBased on open accessOpen contentCollaborationShared development
  • 9. ServicesNames ServiceReturn all occurrences of a name throughout BHL digitized corpusDocumentation: http://bit.ly/2e6sg9Access to 51million name strings using TaxonFinder1.4million unique namesWorking out a strategy for obscure speciesAlgorithm improvements to detect nomenclatural & taxonomic actsOpenURLFacilitate links to citations: protologues, articles, referencesDocumentation: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/openurlhelp.aspxUseful to Nomenclators, Reference SystemsIPNITropicos
  • 10. Global data sharing requires a social infrastructure
  • 11. What Users Say Dear Sir / /Madam Can I Ijust congratulate Dear Sir Madam Can just congratulate you on an absolutely brilliant online you on an absolutely brilliant online resource. I Iam compiling aareport on an resource. am compiling report on an invasive hydromedusae and could not invasive hydromedusae and could not believe the ease and efficiency of this believe the ease and efficiency of this web page which genuinely saved me web page which genuinely saved me weeks of my life weeks of my lifeJust aaquick line to thank Just quick line to thank Dear Biodiversity Heritage Library: I I Dear Biodiversity Heritage Library:you and your organisation am in awe of your work. Thank you am in awe of your work. Thank you you and your organisationfor the foresight and so much. As an illustrator who scans so much. As an illustrator who scans for the foresight and aalot of my work, I Iknow how verygenerosity in allowing these generosity in allowing these lot of my work, know how veryworks to be dowloaded. onerous the task is. Many thanks! onerous the task is. Many thanks! works to be dowloaded.
  • 12. The Biodiversity Heritage Library Extensive. Open. Global.
  • 13. Thank YouThanks to:Chris Freeland & Team BHL Global
  • 14. Open Scientific DigitalLibraries Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian LibrariesThe Biodiversity Digital Libraries for North Africa / Maghreb Fulbright Academy of Science & TechnologyHeritage Library Washington, DC 24-25 January 2011

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