Introducing TL-2: the online edition

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  • 1. Introducing TL-2: Online Edition Robin A. Everly XVIII IBC Melbourne, Australia Robin A. Everly:: Smithsonian Institution Libraries :: International Botanical Congress :: 25 July 2011
  • 2. The Beginning ‏ 2010 – Signed agreement between Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) and International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) for permission to digitize and make TL-2 searchable through a web based interface. Funding to scan and rekey TL-2 text from the Smithsonian’s Atherton Seidell Endowment. Idea originated from botanical librarians involved in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) project.
  • 3. Scope of Work Approximately 11,500 scanned pages Average of 3,300 characters per page Approximately 44,000 author entries Image files approx. 9 GB in siz e
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      • Scanned print volumes performed by the Internet Archive.
      • 100% quality control review of scanned pages by SIL staff.
      • IAPT staff provided machine-readable versions of more recent volumes.
      • TL-2 will be re-keyed to 99.97% accuracy.
      • Data will be converted to XML files.
      • Statement of Work can be found at:
      • Work.pdf
    Imaging and File Creation
  • 5. Project Timeline January 2011 – Initial scanning of TL-2 volumes. July 2011 – Contract for text conversion awarded to Unlimited Priorities / Digital Conversion Labs. November 2011 – Text conversion completed.
  • 6. Timeline – 2012 and Beyond January 2012 – TL-2 online, version 1.0 publicly available via SIL website (functionality at the minimum similar to current IDC Publishers product.) February 2012 and forward – Additional functionality to be added over time.
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    • Full text linking to content within BHL
    • Creation of web services on top of TL-2 Online for reuse by other biodiversity and taxonomic projects.
    • Integration and/or linking with VIAF.
    • Creation of linked data.
    • Integration with similar taxonomic tools (specifically Index Animalium ) forming a comprehensive collection of taxonomic bibliographic tools, a “TL-3”
    Planned Features
  • 8. Acknowledgements Judy Warnement – Harvard Univ. Botany Libraries. Doug Holland/Chris Freeland – Missouri Botanical Garden. Susan Fraser/Don Wheeler – New York Botanical Garden. Larry Dorr – Smithsonian Institution, NMNH, Dept of Botany. Martin Kalfatovic, Keri Thompson, Suzanne Pilsk, Joel Richard, and Gilbert Borrego – Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Robin A. Everly :: Smithsonian Institution Libraries :: International Botanical Congress :: 25 July 2011