Global BHL

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A presentation on the Global Biodiversity Heritage Library. Presented by Nancy Gwinn at the BHL-Africa workshop, April 16, 2013. Pretoria, South Africa.

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  • The success of the BHL inspired the creation of global BHL nodes. Starting with the EU funded BHL Europe (2008), there are now nodes in Brazil, Australia, China, Egypt, and, to be officially launched in April 2013, BHL Africa.
  • ~ 1.5 million users - 231 countries / territories
  • The Internet Archive
  • Global BHL

    1. 1. GLOBAL BHLBHL Africa Launch 14 April 2013Nancy E. Gwinn, Chair, BHL Steering CommitteeVice Chair/Secretary, Global BHL
    2. 2. BHL Global(gBHL)
    3. 3. gBHL Governance• Memoranda ofUnderstanding• Steering Committee• Bylaws• Officers• Annual face-to-face meeting• Executive Committee--conference calls as needed
    4. 4. Global BHL Steering CommitteeAugust 2011 Vice Chair SecretaryChair
    5. 5. 233 countriesMeetingsUSA 2010 &11BERLIN 2012MOROCCO 2013
    6. 6. TechnicalAssistance
    7. 7. PEOPLE
    8. 8. WilliamUlateMartinKalfatovicFrom BHL US|UKGlobal BHL CoordinatorBHL US | UK ProgramDirector
    9. 9. FromYourselvesUniversity of Pretoria Digital OfficeSANBINational Museums of Kenya......and many othersCollaboration is theKey
    10. 10. U. of Pretoria signs BHL MOU
    11. 11. U. of PretoriaScanning Camera
    12. 12. TOOLS
    13. 13. The Internet Archive• 501(c)(3) organization• Dedicated to “Universal Access toHuman Knowledge”• Founder of the Open Content Alliance• Provides:– Mass scanning– Archival storage of files– Image processing– Technology development
    14. 14. INTERNET ARCHIVE HEADQUARTERSSAN FRANCISCO, CA
    15. 15. Macaw (MetadataCollection andWorkflow). Scanningworkflow and ingestmanagement tool.Based on “Paginator”(MOBOT), Macawallows for creatingrobust page levelmetadata and pushingcontent to otherrepositories (e.g.Internet Archive andlocal storage) .
    16. 16. In January, 2012, a newapplication was added tothe BHL administrationdashboard that allowsdirect upload of imagesfrom BHL to Flickr, withembedded metadata andpage links included.
    17. 17. What do we expect?• Content Creation• Audience Building• Content Identification• Partnership BuildingAll Must Commit & Help OneAnother!
    18. 18. Content Creation• Digitize biodiversityliterature not available fromother BHL global nodes• Digitize significant contentrelevant to Africanbiodiversity• Monographs, journals,archives, reports, "gray"literature• Add accurate, full metadatato all contributions
    19. 19. Audience Building• Inform African biodiversitycommunities (students,researchers, organizations)about the existence of BHL• Explain how they canintegrate BHL content intotheir work• Promote and market BHLthrough multiple means(public relations, localevents, print andaudiovisual media)• Use social media -- start ablog!
    20. 20. Content Identification• Participate in the widerglobal BHL to identify gapsin digitized BHL literature,published anywhere, thatwill support biodiversityresearch on African taxon• Use Gemini feedback toalert BHL US|UK to anyerrors found
    21. 21. Partnership Building• Continue to grow themembership of BHL Africa• Widen the partnership andincrease cooperationacross institutions nationsand regionsBHL crossesborders!
    22. 22. gBHL welcomes BHLAfrica!See you in Morocco

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