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Smithsonian Libraries Partnering in Research


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  • 1. Smithsonian Institution Libraries: Partnering In Research Smithsonian Institution Libraries Suzanne C. Pilsk With the Help from a Whole Host of Others
  • 2. Smithsonian Institution
  • 3. Smithsonian Institution Libraries History of Science and Technology Latino History and Culture Materials Research Modern and Contemporary Art MuseologyAfrican Art Native American History and CultureAfrican American History and Culture Natural HistoryAnthropology Postal HistoryAmerican Art Tropical BiologyAmerican History Trade LiteratureAsian and Middle Eastern Art World’s Fair EphemeraAviation history and Space FlightDesign and Decorative ArtsEnvironmental Management and Ecology
  • 4. Support for the Sciences Taxonomic NomenclatureIdentifying and Naming of Species – New, Old, Re-name, Misspellings, Synonyms, Homonyms, Splits, Joins, … – Authorship: Who, When, Former, …Rules: International Code of Botanical Nomenclature International Code of Zoological Nomenclature International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria
  • 5. Importance of Publication Who Writes Publishes and Distributes FIRST WINS
  • 6. Justification of NH Libraries! 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
  • 7. Libraries and Librarians
  • 8. Metadata Fail
  • 9. Tools of the Trade Taxonomic Literature 2nd Ed.Index Animalium
  • 10. How to make THIS into 1’s and 0’s
  • 11. Digitization
  • 12. Metadata Successes
  • 13. The Squire
  • 14. Connecting Index to Sources
  • 15. Bibliography = Metadata
  • 16. Lost… Just Lost
  • 17. Database Parsing To Find Pieces and Parts ID Image ID Page Name & reference"362382","SIL34_02_24_0193","6101","splendens Turdus, W. E. Leach, Zool. Miscell. II. 1815, 30.”
  • 18. Taxonomic Literature 2nd EditionTaxonomic Literature: A selective guide to botanical publications and collections with dates, commentaries and types (second edition)15 volumes guide to the literature of systematic botany published between 1753 and 1940 Organized by author ~ Citation for the author’s surnameNumbered entries of the author’s publications ~Suggested short-title & abbreviation of short-title foruse in taxonomic publications TL2 is a standard by which author’s names and titles should be abbreviated
  • 19. Digitizing The Entire Title: Scope of Work• Approximately 11, 500 scannedpages• Average of 3,300 characters per page• Approximately 44, 000 authorentries• Image files approx. 9 GB in size
  • 20. ★ Linked Open Data – 5 Stars ★★ Available on the web (whatever format), but with an open licence★★ Available as machine-readable structured data (e.g. excel instead of • Shareable image scan of a table)★★★ as (2) plus non-proprietary format • Extensible (e.g. CSV instead of excel)★★★★ All the above plus, Use open • Re-Usable standards from W3C (RDF and SPARQL) to identify things, so that • International people can point at your stuff★★★★★ All the above, plus: Link your data to other people’s data to provide context
  • 21. TL2: Linked Open Data Botanist Pages Triple stores of Name relationship to Books Triple stores of Name relationship to Standard Abbreviation Book Pages Triple stores of Book relationship to Name Triple stores of Book relationship to TL2 numbering Triple stores of Book relations to Standard Abbreviation
  • 22.
  • 23. Future
  • 24. Life and Literature Conference 2011
  • 25. Life and Literature Conference 2011
  • 26. Life and Literature Conference 2011Compelling Use Cases for Digitization Including cool and unexpectedOnce digitized, text is just text Significant amount not discoverable“So in not fully investigating the product of thedigital projects, are we selling scholarship short?What scholarship in the digital age means? Andwhat are the real tools we need to do it?” Elycia Wallis, Museum Victoria
  • 27. Contact information: Thanks To Many• Joel Richard • Robin Everly• Martin Kalfatovic • Gilbert Borrego• Grace Costantino • Carolyn Sheffield• Courtney Shaw • Bianca Crowley• Keri Thompson • Becky Morin• Interns too numerous to • Mike Lichtenburg name • David Remsen• Volunteers too numerous to • Patrick Leary name • Chris Freeland
  • 28. Interesting SourcesIndex Animalium Literature (3) Smithsonian Institution Libraries Life and Literature Conference Connecting Content Smithsonian Institution The Field Book Project Biodiversity Heritage Library Linked Open Data Internet Archive