Content and Context:  Improving Access toBiodiversity Field Books     Carolyn Sheffield
Smithsonian Field Books            • Estimated 6,000              items            • Housed in many              different...
Smithsonian Field Books            • Estimated 6,000              8,000 items            • Housed in many              dif...
Field Book Project• National Museum of Natural History &  Smithsonian Institution Archives• Starting with SI field books, ...
Field Book Project• National Museum of Natural History &  Smithsonian Institution Archives• Starting with SI field books, ...
David Griffiths, Texas and Mexico 1905 Griffiths’ notes on Tunas   Tunas, US National Herbarium
Martin Gorman, Alaska 1902
Joseph Rock, Siam, Burma, Assam 1920-21
How are we going to make these        easier to find?
Existing Standards for Access          EAC Organization                             NCD CollectionOrgId: EACO9            ...
StatusCataloging• 6,263 field books• 519 collections• 899 authority filesConservation and Preservation• 291 field booksDig...
What’s next?
But field books from that expedition     are also in my collections…
EAC records and SNAC
EAC records and SNAC
Future Goals• Move Registry online• Accept content from beyond SI• Submit records to SNAC
Project Team and FundingPrincipal Investigators   Project Advisors & SupportRusty Russell             Ricc FerranteAnne Va...
Thank youWebsite:http://mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/Blog:http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/Flickr:http://tinyurl.com/fbpflic...
Content and Context: Improving Access to Biodiversity Field Books
Content and Context: Improving Access to Biodiversity Field Books
Content and Context: Improving Access to Biodiversity Field Books
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Content and Context: Improving Access to Biodiversity Field Books

  1. 1. Content and Context: Improving Access toBiodiversity Field Books Carolyn Sheffield
  2. 2. Smithsonian Field Books • Estimated 6,000 items • Housed in many different units, departments, divisions across institution • “Hidden” collections
  3. 3. Smithsonian Field Books • Estimated 6,000 8,000 items • Housed in many different units, departments, divisions across institution • “Hidden” collections
  4. 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. 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. 6. David Griffiths, Texas and Mexico 1905 Griffiths’ notes on Tunas Tunas, US National Herbarium
  7. 7. Martin Gorman, Alaska 1902
  8. 8. Joseph Rock, Siam, Burma, Assam 1920-21
  9. 9. How are we going to make these easier to find?
  10. 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. 11. StatusCataloging• 6,263 field books• 519 collections• 899 authority filesConservation and Preservation• 291 field booksDigitization• 194 field books
  12. 12. What’s next?
  13. 13. But field books from that expedition are also in my collections…
  14. 14. EAC records and SNAC
  15. 15. EAC records and SNAC
  16. 16. Future Goals• Move Registry online• Accept content from beyond SI• Submit records to SNAC
  17. 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. 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
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