Digitized Public Domain Literature


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Digital Public Library of America workshop. 1 March 2011.

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  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of the world’s leading natural history libraries working in cooperation to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity. In partnership with the Internet Archive and through local digitization efforts, BHL has digitized over 32 million pages of taxonomic literature, representing over 45,000 titles and 87,000 volumes
  • "Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.”
  • Digitized Public Domain Literature

    1. 1. Digitized public domain books<br />Chris Freeland<br />Technical Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library<br />Director, Center for Biodiversity Informatics,<br />Missouri Botanical Garden<br />
    2. 2. Vieillot. La galerie des oiseaux. 1834.<br />http://biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/48613<br />
    3. 3. “I arrived back at work from holidays today to be greeted by Michael, an [sic] colleague researching wasps. He was excited that he had discovered in the Biodiversity Heritage Library a copy of an obscure 1860s book: <br />Saussure, H. de & Sichel, J. (1864). Catalogue des espèces de l'ancien genre Scolia, contenant les diagnoses, les descriptions et la synonymie des espèces, avec des remarquesexplicativeser critiques. Genève & Paris : Henri Georg & V. Masson et Fils pp. 1–350<br />This book was not in our library, probably not in Australia, and almost impossible to get hold of without travelling to the northern hemisphere. Thanks to the BHL for their work in providing access to works of importance. Michael is now able to use detailed content of this book in his work.”<br />-John Tann, Australian Museum<br />http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/9323<br />
    4. 4. Digitizing <br />public domain books <br />is <br />NONCONTROVERSIAL<br />
    5. 5. But, it is expen$ive.<br />Prioritizing<br />Locating<br />Updating<br />Selecting<br />Pulling<br />Checking<br />Tracking<br />Reshelving<br />Scanning is the easy part.<br />
    6. 6. Libraries, librarians & staff<br />NEED OUR SUPPORT <br />in this important endeavor<br />
    7. 7. Because once books are digitized, <br /> we liberate<br />the written word <br />from the printed page <br /> & the library stacks<br />
    8. 8. We can then begin<br />CONNECTING<br />words and concepts in books<br />tomuseum collections,<br />to archival materials,<br />to everything<br />
    9. 9.
    10. 10. Using algorithms like TaxonFinder from uBio.org<br />
    11. 11.
    12. 12. Wha?! But, I know those words are in there. Just give me the data, let me explore. <br />
    13. 13. http://ryanschenk.com/2011/02/visualizing-taxonomic-synoymns/<br />http://biostor.org<br />
    14. 14. http://twitter.com/LillyLyle/status/41242610517553152<br />
    15. 15. I worry about the <br />confusion between<br />CONTAINER<br />& <br />CONTENT<br />
    16. 16. A printed book is a<br />CONTAINER.<br />ItsCONTENT is what’s important. <br />
    17. 17. Of all the worlds created by man, <br />the world of books <br />is the most powerful.<br />-Heinrich Heine<br />
    18. 18. Because, yes, <br />history suggests the<br />[insert proprietary <br />e-reader device / format here]<br />will #fail.<br />
    19. 19. And so, a <br />Digital Public Library of America<br />MUST be:<br />Open Access & Open Source<br />with<br /> Open Data & Open APIs<br />
    20. 20. AND OPEN<br />^<br />
    21. 21. THANK YOU<br />Chris Freeland<br />chrisfreeland.com<br />Technical Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library<br />Director, Center for Biodiversity Informatics,<br />Missouri Botanical Garden<br />