Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): A Global Resource for Open Access Scientific Literature

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25 July 2011, International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia

25 July 2011, International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia

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  • 1. Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): A Global Resource for Open Access Scientific Literature Chris Freeland Director, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden Technical Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library #bhlib http://biodiversitylibrary.org @chrisfreeland @ BioDivLibrary
  • 2. Biodiversity Heritage Library…
    • is an international consortium of the world’s leading natural history libraries.
    • scans, stores & serves books, journals & other materials from partners’ holdings.
    • works with publishers and other rights-holders to obtain permission for digitizing & aggregating in-copyright materials.
    • makes its data available for free via open access principles:
    http://biodiversitylibrary.org
  • 3. http://biodiversitylibrary.org
  • 4. BHL Stats
    • > 34.5 million pages
    • > 92,000 volumes
      • Avg 1.25” spine width
      • 1.8mi / 2.9km of shelving
      • … and growing daily
    • Usage
    • ~ 4 million page views a year
    • 400,000 unique visitors a year
  • 5. Biodiversity Heritage Library: A Global Partnership
  • 6. http://bhl.ala.org.au/
  • 7. http://bhl.ala.org.au/
  • 8.  
  • 9. Global BHL Meeting 22-24 Sep 2010, Woods Hole
  • 10. Preservation of digital resources
    • Need heterogeneity & diversity to ensure long-term, sustained access. Accomplish this by managing digital resources:
    • Across multiple geographic locations
    • Under multiple administrations
    • With different technologies
    Want a meadow… …not a monoculture.
  • 11. Global BHL Replication & Serving San Francisco Woods Hole London Alexandria Beijing Replicated Data Center Portal Application
  • 12. IBC18: Electronic publication
    • Right on!
    • So…now what?
    • Whose challenge is it to solve?
      • Libraries?
      • Publishers?
      • Individuals?
    • BHL doesn’t have all the answers, but collectively we have:
      • Experience & guidance to share
      • Systems & infrastructure
      • Global partnerships
    All of us, together
  • 13. Life & Literature Conference
    • 14-15 Nov 2011, Chicago, USA
    • Bringing together librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers,  students, and other stakeholders to set the agenda for biodiversity literature digitizing and its networked environment for the next five years.
      • Active plenary
      • Poster session
      • Code challenge
    Registration & more info: http://www.lifeandliterature.org @life_lit
  • 14. Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): A Global Resource for Open Access Scientific Literature Chris Freeland Director, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden Technical Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library #bhlib http://biodiversitylibrary.org DISCUSSION @chrisfreeland @ BioDivLibrary