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25 July 2011, International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia

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    • 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
    • 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
    • http://biodiversitylibrary.org
    • 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
    • Biodiversity Heritage Library: A Global Partnership
    • http://bhl.ala.org.au/
    • http://bhl.ala.org.au/
    •  
    • Global BHL Meeting 22-24 Sep 2010, Woods Hole
    • 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.
    • Global BHL Replication & Serving San Francisco Woods Hole London Alexandria Beijing Replicated Data Center Portal Application
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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