Co-creating Global Natural History NetworksPresentation Transcript
Co-creating Global Natural History Networks Boris Jacob Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium firstname.lastname@example.org Bianca Crowley Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Institution, USA [email_address] Constance Rinaldo Ernst Mayr Library/MCZ/Harvard University, USA [email_address] DISH Conference 2011 The Netherlands http://www.dish2011.nl/
3 Ideas from Yesterday
What is Biodiversity Heritage Literature
Biodiversity Heritag Library (BHL)
Biodiversity Heritag Library for Europe (BHL-Europe)
Global Biodiversity Heritag Library (gBHL)
Communication strategy and tools
What can you/we do?
3 Ideas from Yesterday
DISH is not only presenting, but questioning, talk to people, make judgements on what is relevant for your institution.
Chris Batt, DISH 2011 Opening Speech
Speed of change makes research on the job impossible. Make informed choices with the best possible information today.
Katherine Watson, DISH 2011 Keynote Speech
Thinking for ourselfs as networks, movement, ideology, rather than institutions.
Charles Leadbeater, DISH 2011 Keynote Speech
Biodiversity Heritage Literature
Huge amount of out of copyright works to scan
Text types (Scientific literature, Exhibition reports...)
Media (Print Text, Illustrations Photographs, Annotations, ...)
Form (Oversize, Fold-outs, ...)
Scientific descriptions of animals, plants, nature in general (Taxonomic literature)
Type in a taxon name and find all detected occurrences in the text corpus.
Literature on expeditions
Research on cultural practices.
Natural history in cultural contexts.
Scientific understanding of nature over time.
Search in Darwin ’ s Library.
Illustrations of Nature
History of scientific illustrations.
Research on one artists work.
Inspiration for artists.
Cool dinosaur and skeleton pictures.
Find illustrations on Flickr.
BHL in a Nutshell
Over 36 million digitised pages and counting, page level access.
Connection to taxonomic names via uBio & connection to EOL species pages.
Open data services - BHL makes available:
All book, or bibliographic, data
All taxonomic name data
for free to download, re-use, re-purpose, and re-mix by anyone, anywhere
User engagement, interaction, feedback.
A Portal, Darwin library, the article repository Citebank , Develper tools, API, OpenURL.
BHL-Europe in a Nutshell
European biodiversity knowledge freely available globally to everyone.
28 partner institutions and companies
Mobilising and preserving digital European biodiversity heritage literature and facilitating the open access to this literature through a multilingual community portal
the Global References Index to Biodiversity
the Biodiversity Library Exhibition
Comparing BHL and BHL-Europe
Emphasis on scanning
Cultural and language similarities
Mostly private funding initially
Librarian/Scientist partnership at start
Integration of scientific names services
Emphasis on aggregation
Multicultural and multilingual setting
Multilingual portal, integration of various names services (e.g. common names)
gBHL in a Nutshell
BHL nodes in Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Europe, USA, more to come
A distributed network with different countries, different cultures, different institutions/projects/organisational models, different policies, different partnerships, different funding
Staff working within the gBHL
works in 9 different time zones
in nearly 50 different institutions worldwide
speak over 10 different languages
technologists, scientists, and librarians
most are not BHL (US) employees
No institutional mandate, Regional governance , bottom up development
Know your mission, share your vision
Forget about hierarchy
Open up all lines of communication
Encourage trial-and-error problem solving
Share best practices, technologies, workloads
Empower decision making at all levels
Welcome all ideas
Foster excitement and dedication
Trust each other to do what is best for the project
Reward experimentation and creativity
Failures are simply lessons learned
Skype, Wikis, Email, Phone, Issue tracking systems, Twitter, Slideshare, Blogs, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Chat, Google docs, Google calendar, Whiteboards, Photos, Videos, Posters, Presentations, Papers, Tutorials, Documentation, Doodle, Meetings, GitHub, Google code, and Face-to-face communication whenever we can get it.
What we need to make the tools work: Moderators, Mediators, Committees, Cheerleaders, Praise, Passion, Patience, Criticism, Cooperation, Being proactive, Flexibility, Time, Prioritization, Funding, Institutional support, Creativity, Rapid prototyping approach
Pros & Cons
People feel free to contribute
Funding is uncertain
Staffing is uncertain
Mistakes are made
What can you/we do?
Donate , Contribute content
Spread the word, Lobby government agencies and policy makers for support
Provide feedback , Participate in crowdsourcing initiatives
Photographs by R. Paul Skeehan (skee 2 http://www.flickr.com/people/70355584@N08