Engaging New Audiences with Specialized Data: Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Talk presented at the 2012 IAMSLIC Annual meeting by Connie Rinaldo and Cathy Norton. BHL Africa video courtesy of Chris Freeland. BHL Europe video courtesy of Antonio Valdecasas (Museo Nacional de ...

Talk presented at the 2012 IAMSLIC Annual meeting by Connie Rinaldo and Cathy Norton. BHL Africa video courtesy of Chris Freeland. BHL Europe video courtesy of Antonio Valdecasas (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales) and BHL Europe.

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  • , BHL hosted an organizational meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, June 14-15, 2012, to discuss the development of a BHL-Africa. Themes such as BHL mobile and BHL-in-a-Box were heavily discussed. Ultimately, a concept document was drafted and staff plan to officially announce the project later this year or early next year. The meetings were funded by a grant from the JRS foundation and six representatives from the BHL-US/UK project attended. , BHL hosted an organizational meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, June 14-15, 2012, to discuss the development of a BHL-Africa. Themes such as BHL mobile and BHL-in-a-Box were heavily discussed. Ultimately, a concept document was drafted and staff plan to officially announce the project later this year or early next year. The meetings were funded by a grant from the JRS foundation and six representatives from the BHL-US/UK project attended.
  • Cultural heritage; building exhibits: first and simplest approach=sharing
  • Note the science, culture and practical along with the link to the book (in BHL)the Biodiversity Library Exhibition tool, an application that allows staff to build virtual exhibitions around specific themes. Currently in use by the BHL-Europe project, this tool allows staff to curate collections of BHL materials and augment these resources with related images, stories, and factoids. Built on a Drupal platform, BHL-E plans to release this tool to the larger BHL global community. BHL-US/UK staff have been in communication with BHL-Europe staff about utilizing the tool and have created test exhibitions. Staff plan to utilize the exhibition as a learning tool to provide users with additional resources related to BHL books.
  • Putting books and articles in context: field work, specimens and publications. IMLS grant to multiple institutions with CAS as lead. Connecting Content: A collaboration to link field notes to specimens and published literature. Brewster project=us:Pilot project Summary: Archives and Specimens from the Birds of the Cambridge Region by William Brewster
  • Searching in EOL can be done by common or scientific name and voila---BHL literature links!
  • Recontextualizing data: Darwin’s personal library with annotations Project with Cambridge U, AMNH, MOBOTUsing undergraduates to interpret articles for a younger audienceUsing social media to attract a different audience. I love to remind people that BHL was built for the scientists but interest has expanded.
  • Flickrpinterest wiki googledocsskype blogger youtube doodle github twitter facebook (quizzes)Audiences—casual interest in nature to serious scholars, bioinformaticians, 39000 images on flickr; 700 pinned images; Cathy showed you the time zones for skyping
  • Reaching out to new audiences. We can put together collections of books in BHL—here is one, also “everything from MCZ or CAS or Smithsonian” but topical collections(like Linnaeus shown here) can then become Itunes U collections. These are small collections—less than 20 items.Repurposing data.
  • In February, 2012, BHL launched the Biodiversity Heritage Library on iTunes U, consisting of collections of select BHL material centered around such themes as “Extinct Species,” “Rarest of the Rare,” “Charles Darwin’s Library,” and “Theodore Roosevelt.” New iTunes U collections are released on a quarterly basis. This quarter, BHL released its 10th collection, celebrating Carl Linnaeus withsome of his most critical publications
  • Images—these are what lots of potentially new audiences want: schools, artistsOnly partly automated but Contribution to the BHL Flickr account continues, with 39,419 images currently added to the collection. The Flickr account pulls out the amazing natural history illustrations from BHL books and serves them up to users in an easy, approachable manner. It continues to be one of the most popular services offered by BHL, and has instigated a great deal of discussion about providing better access to BHL illustrations. 
  • To automate the extraction of images. THE ART OF LIFEOn June 1, BHL launched on Pinterest, an online application that allows users to organize and share images from the web. Images from the BHL corpus are "pinned" or uploaded to "Boards," or collections in Pinterest, and other users can "repin" or share, "like," and comment on those images. BHL currently has 13 collections and over 700 images on Pinterest. This tool offers another great opportunity to share BHL images with new audiences.As part of the recent NEH grant received by MOBOT to conduct work related to BHL images, a template for uploading images from BHL’sFlickr account to WikiCommons, for inclusion in Wikipedia, is under development. A test batch of Flickr images was selected to experiment with the uploading process. Our collaborators at the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL),  recently received a grant to improve access to the natural history images found within its scanned literature collections. The grant will support the automated identification and description of these illustrations, while also enabling user-contributed tags. Tagged BHL images appear on the corresponding EOL pages.
  • Allows seamless sharing with EOL—making more connections
  • Images in BHL Flickr from books contributed by MCZ library (5000 images)
  • Data mining/bioinformatics
  • Data mining/Bioinformatics
  • 3 minute BHL Europe retro-video.

Engaging New Audiences with Specialized Data: Biodiversity Heritage Library Engaging New Audiences with Specialized Data: Biodiversity Heritage Library Presentation Transcript

  • Engaging New Audiences with Specialized DataFish stories alleged and experienced New York :H. Holt and company,1909.http://biodiversitylibrary.org/item/35018
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library • Extensive Open GlobalImage from: Ichthyologie; ou, Histoire naturelle des poissons :.Berlin,Chezlauteur,1796..http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/4786958
  • Extensive Mission: Digitize all biodiversity literature Behind every stack of books is a flood of knowledge Artist: JacekYerka
  • BHL Open Access Sites
  • Global Coordination + Time Zones = Hard Global
  • New Members and Partners• Cornell (content)• USGS (content)• BHL Africa• BHL Global (governance)• BHL Europe exhibitions SpongiologischeBeiträgeLeipzig :C.F. Wintersche,1892. http://biodiversitylibrary.org/item/124158
  • Using & Reusing BHL Data• Book/Journal content• Collections• Names• People• Images• Putting data in context A history of the fishes of the British Islands v.1London,Groombridge and Sons,1862-65.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/48017
  • BHL & Europeana
  • BHL Europe Exhibitions
  • Connecting Content: FieldNotes, Specimens, & Published Literature
  • Darwin’s Library
  • Social Networking Engages New Audiences
  • Itunes U
  • BHL Flickr
  • Data Mining
  • Thewebsite&webserviceBioStorby Rod Pageprovidestoolsforextracting, annotating, &visualisinginformationliteraturefrom BHL (http://biostor.org/)
  • • Ryan Schenk is using publication dates of works in BHL tovisualizethe number of publications-per-year,( for example of the GunieaPig)• (http://ryanschenk.com/)
  • More Data Mining• Species have scientific names• Names might change over time• Names can be controversial• Using BHL & EOL data, Ryan Schenk provides visualization of the popularity of names through time
  • Sample of name use for Bluefish (there are more names!)
  • SummaryGlobal BHL Video courtesy of Antonio Valdecasas from the MuseoNacional de CienciasNaturales