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  1. 1. Unlocking the Index Animalium:From Paper Slips to Bytes and Bits Smithsonian Institution Libraries Suzanne C. Pilsk Joel M. Richard Martin R. Kalfatovic
  2. 2. Smithsonian Institution
  3. 3. Smithsonian Institution LibrariesAfrican Art History of Science and TechnologyAfrican American History and Culture Latino History and CultureAnthropology Materials ResearchAmerican Art Modern and Contemporary ArtAmerican History MuseologyAsian and Middle Eastern Art Native American History and CultureAviation history and Space Flight Natural HistoryDesign and Decorative Arts Postal HistoryEnvironmental Management and Tropical Biology Ecology Trade Literature World’s Fair Ephemera
  4. 4. Libraries and Librarians
  5. 5. Metadata
  6. 6. How to make THIS into 1’s and 0’s
  7. 7. Digitization
  8. 8. Metadata Fail
  9. 9. The Squire
  10. 10. Metadata Successes
  11. 11. Connecting Index to Sources
  12. 12. Bibliography = Metadata
  13. 13. Lost… Just Lost
  14. 14. Steps to Improve
  15. 15. Vision of Global Natural History Library 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
  16. 16. 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 surname Numbered entries of the author’s publications ~ Suggested short-title & abbreviation of short-title for use in taxonomic publications TL2 is a standard by which author’s names and titles should be abbreviated
  17. 17. ★ 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 • Extensible format (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
  18. 18. http://richard.cyganiak.de/2007/10/lod/
  19. 19. Future
  20. 20. Contact information: PilskS@si.edu Thanks To Many• Joel Richard • Gilbert Borrego• Martin Kalfatovic • Carolyn Sheffield• Grace Costantino • Bianca Crowley• Courtney Shaw • Becky Morin• Keri Thompson • Mike Lichtenburg• Interns too numerous to • David Remsen name • Patrick Leary• Volunteers too numerous to • Chris Freeland name And The Birthday Boy: Charles Davies Sherborn
  21. 21. Interesting SourcesIndex Animalium http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/indexanimalium/ Taxonomic Literature New Version Smithsonian Institution Libraries www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/tl-2 www.sil.si.edu/ Connecting Content Smithsonian Institution research.calacademy.org/library/fieldnotes www.si.edu/ The Field Book Project Biodiversity Heritage Library www.mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/index.html www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ Linked Open Data Internet Archive linkeddata.org/ www.archive.org/