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Sharing Data for Biodiversity: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Leaders' Forum: The Internet Archive. 21 October 2010. San Francisco, CA.

Sharing Data for Biodiversity: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Leaders' Forum: The Internet Archive. 21 October 2010. San Francisco, CA.

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  • 1. Sharing Data for Biodiversity Biodiversity Heritage Library Martin R. Kalfatovic :: Internet Archive Leaders' Forum :: 21 October 2010
  • 2. Biodiversity Heritage Library  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
  • 3. BHL Global data sharing
  • 4. BHL Global BHL Europe BHL China
  • 5. BHL Global Brasil Egypt Australia
  • 6. > Digitization of biodiversity literature > Creation of a global partnership > Engagement of the research community Achievements
  • 7. 31+ million pages
  • 8. Six Continents
  • 9. ~1.5 m users 231 countries
  • 10. An inordinate fondness for data Access Putting biodiversity literature in the hands of researchers Set the data free Suck it; mash it; broadcast it Increase Reuse, recyle, expand
  • 11. The Machine is Using Us • Direct Traffic: 16.55% • Referring Sites: 22.20% – EOL – Wikipedia: – Tropicos – Smithsonian – BioOne – Animal Base • Search Engines: 61.15%
  • 12. Open Software & Development BHL Bits: Portal code, utilities, services http://code.google.com/p/bhl-bits/ Taxonomic Literature Group Google Group for discussion of “taxonomic literature & the services required to make literature interoperable within biodiversity research and biodiversity informatics.” http://groups.google.com/group/taxonlit
  • 13. Open Data Downloads Simple tab-delimited exports of core data http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/data/BHLExportSchema.pdf Data model DB schema as ERD http://bhl-bits.googlecode.com/files/20090930_BHLDataModel.pdf
  • 14. Services Names Service Return all occurrences of a name throughout BHL digitized corpus Documentation: http://bit.ly/2e6sg9 Access to 51million name strings using TaxonFinder 1.4million unique names Working out a strategy for obscure species Algorithm improvements to detect nomenclatural & taxonomic acts OpenURL Facilitate links to citations: protologues, articles, references Documentation: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/openurlhelp.aspx Useful to Nomenclators, Reference Systems IPNI Tropicos
  • 15. Other Consumers EarthCape Labs Sort/Search capabilities with harvested names YouTube demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw7qw87JTOs BioGUID BHL Name Timeline http://bioguid.info/bhl/ BHL Name Comparison http://bioguid.info/bhl/compare.php
  • 16. BioStor Images
  • 17. Global data sharing requires a social infrastructure
  • 18. What Users Say Dear Sir / /Madam Can i ijust congratulate you Dear Sir Madam Can just congratulate you on an absolutely brilliant online resource. I Iam on an absolutely brilliant online resource. am compiling a report on an invasive compiling a report on an invasive hydromedusae and could not believe the ease hydromedusae and could not believe the ease and efficiency of this web page which and efficiency of this web page which genuinely saved me weeks of my life genuinely saved me weeks of my life Just aaquick line to thank you Just quick line to thank you Dear Biodiversity Heritage Library: I Iam Dear Biodiversity Heritage Library: am and your organisation for the and your organisation for the in awe of your work. Thank you so in awe of your work. Thank you so foresight and generosity in foresight and generosity in much. As an illustrator who scans aalot allowing these works to be much. As an illustrator who scans lot allowing these works to be of my work, I Iknow how very onerous the of my work, know how very onerous the dowloaded. dowloaded. task is. Many thanks! task is. Many thanks!
  • 19. Taxonomic Impediment  Specimen collections  Databases  Publications  Observations  ‘Gray’ literature  Index cards  Field notebooks
  • 20. 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
  • 21. The Biodiversity Heritage Library Extensive. Open. Global.
  • 22. Thank You Thanks to: Chris Freeland, Bianca Crowley, Suzanne Pilsk, Team BHL Global