Content and Context: Improving Access to Biodiversity Field Books
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Presented at BSOW meeting, October 2012

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  • 1. Content and Context: Improving Access toBiodiversity Field Books Carolyn Sheffield
  • 2. Smithsonian Field Books • Estimated 6,000 items • Housed in many different units, departments, divisions across institution • “Hidden” collections
  • 3. Smithsonian Field Books • Estimated 6,000 8,000 items • Housed in many different units, departments, divisions across institution • “Hidden” collections
  • 4. Field Book Project• National Museum of Natural History & Smithsonian Institution Archives• Starting with SI field books, – Cataloging – Conserving – Digitizing• Creating one online location for accessing field book content
  • 5. Field Book Project• National Museum of Natural History & Smithsonian Institution Archives• Starting with SI field books, – Cataloging – Conserving – Digitizing• Creating one online location for accessing field book content
  • 6. David Griffiths, Texas and Mexico 1905 Griffiths’ notes on Tunas Tunas, US National Herbarium
  • 7. Martin Gorman, Alaska 1902
  • 8. Joseph Rock, Siam, Burma, Assam 1920-21
  • 9. How are we going to make these easier to find?
  • 10. Existing Standards for Access EAC Organization NCD CollectionOrgId: EACO9 CollectionId: NCDC78Name: Smithsonian Institution, Title: Frederick Coville,National Museum of Natural History, field books, 1890-1924Department of Botany Owner: EACO9 Creator: EACP173 Description: The collection consists of EAC Person Covilles field notes from botanical collecting and observation efforts in …PersonId: EACP173Name: Coville, Frederick(Frederick Vernon), 1867-1937Dates: 1867-1937 MODS ItemBiographical history: Frederick Vernon MODSid: MODSI1281Coville, botanist and blueberry breeder, Collection: NCDC78was born in New York and educated… Title: Field notes, Death Valley Expedition, 1891 Dates: 1891.05.10-1891.07.30EAC Expedition Creator: EACP173ExpId: EACE0017 Expedition: EACE 0017Name: Death Valley Expedition Abstract: This item contains narrativeDates: 1890-1891 notes and lists of botanical specimensDescription: The Death Valley Expedition collected or observed during Covilleswas the first biological survey to … research in Death Valley . …
  • 11. StatusCataloging• 6,263 field books• 519 collections• 899 authority filesConservation and Preservation• 291 field booksDigitization• 194 field books
  • 12. What’s next?
  • 13. But field books from that expedition are also in my collections…
  • 14. EAC records and SNAC
  • 15. EAC records and SNAC
  • 16. Future Goals• Move Registry online• Accept content from beyond SI• Submit records to SNAC
  • 17. Project Team and FundingPrincipal Investigators Project Advisors & SupportRusty Russell Ricc FerranteAnne Van Camp Tammy Peters Sarah StaudermanProject Staff Nora LockshinCarolyn Sheffield Kirsten TyreeSonoe Nakasone Janelle Batkin-HallLesley Parilla Kira CherrixEmily Hunter
  • 18. Thank youWebsite:http://mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/Blog:http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/Flickr:http://tinyurl.com/fbpflickr Contact: Carolyn Sheffield, sheffieldc@si.edu