The Biodiversity Heritage Library Portal: The Rectification of Names

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Biodiversity Heritage Library Meeting, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, February 7, 2007

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  • In discussing the BHL portal, we’ve had trouble with names … what exactly are we talking about? Is that the portal? The metadata repository? The Website?
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    1. 1. Biodiversity Heritage Library Portal The Rectification of Names
    2. 2. …Names… <ul><li>Rectification of Names (Cheng Ming) </li></ul><ul><li>What is necessary is to rectify names … If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success. </li></ul><ul><li>The Analects of Confucius </li></ul><ul><li>Book 13, verse 3 (Legge translation, 1980) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Our first thought: BiodiversityHeritageLibrary.org
    4. 5. Since we would be covering more than botany, the obvious choice was: ZoBo.org Maria Sibylla Merian Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium , [1705]
    5. 6. BoZo.org Or we could give plants precedence:
    6. 7. Maybe TWO portals were needed: Botanicus.org Adam Lonicer Kreuterbuch: künstliche Conterfeytunge der Bäume, Stauden, Hecken … , 1582
    7. 8. Faunicus.org Reginald Pocock Biologia Centrali-Americana Chilopoda and Diplopoda , 1910
    8. 9. The Wine Advisory Board The California Way 1950 Omnivoricus.org
    9. 10. NotDeadThings.org Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon Histoire naturelle : générale et particulière (Oiseaux) , 1799-1808
    10. 11. Extinctionary.org Othniel Charles Marsh The dinosaurs of North America , 1896
    11. 12. <ul><li>LibraryofLife.org </li></ul><ul><li>WikiBioLitty.org </li></ul>Maybe something to tie into the Encyclopedia of Life: Levinus Vincent Elenchus tabularum, pinacothecarum, atque nonnullorum cimeliorum . . . , 1719
    12. 13. Or inspired by the All Species Foundation or Species 2000: Omnibiosis.org Vitalis.org Allogy.org Friedrich Heinrich von Kittlitz Beschreibung mehrerer neuer oder wenig gekannter Arten des Geschlechtes Acanthurus, im stillen Ocean … 1834
    13. 14. <ul><li>BioSpeciesBrary.org </li></ul><ul><li>FloraunaBrary.org </li></ul><ul><li>BioBrary.org </li></ul><ul><li>LifeBrary.org </li></ul><ul><li>BioLitBrary.org </li></ul>Maybe we need to include the “L” word in some way: Gaspar Schott Mechanica hydraulico-pneumatica , 1657
    14. 15. <ul><li>QHQKQL.org </li></ul><ul><li>Z672.org </li></ul><ul><li>Z265.org </li></ul><ul><li>UDC574.org </li></ul>Or maybe something more “metadata-y” Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon Histoire naturelle : générale et particulière (Oiseaux) , 1799-1808 Histoire naturelle générale et particulière…vol. 14. (1766)
    15. 16. Or more of a 18 th century library LibraryofNaturalCuriosities.org Levinus Vincent Elenchus tabularum, pinacothecarum, atque nonnullorum cimeliorum . . . , 1719
    16. 17. But in German … WunderkammerBibliothekKatalogDerLebendenSachen.org Levinus Vincent Elenchus tabularum, pinacothecarum, atque nonnullorum cimeliorum . . . , 1719
    17. 18. So we’d better stick with English: CardCatalogofLife.org Massachusetts. Zoological and Botanical Survey Reports on the fishes, reptiles and birds of Massachusetts , 1839
    18. 19. … and make allowances: CardCatalog(ue)ofLife.org Mordecai Cubitt Cooke Our reptiles and batrachians; … indigenous to Great Britain , 1893
    19. 20. Or perhaps just stay enigmatic … 42.museum Antonín Frič Fauna der Gaskohle und der Kalksteine… 1893-
    20. 21. Suggestions????
    21. 22. Thanks To <ul><li>Chris Freeland </li></ul><ul><li>Doug Holland </li></ul><ul><li>Suzanne Pilsk </li></ul><ul><li>Neil Thomson </li></ul>A Fathead (genus Psychrolutes )

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