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Presented at the Education and Outreach Poster session at the 2012 Meeting for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology by Sonoe Nakasone and Dr. Nick Pyenson. This poster features images from the field notes of Frank C. Whitmore in order to illustrate the purpose and importance of the Field Book Project.

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  1. 1. The Field Book Project: Connecting Field Books with the WorldSonoe Nakasone, Smithsonian Field Book Project and Nicholas Pyenson, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution Field Book Project Frank C. Whitmore Field notes from Why does this matter? A joint initiative between the Peru and the Galapagos -Field books constitute “hidden” collections, materials that have little or no National Museum of Natural 3 4 access History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Our goal is to -Field books created by one person or create a Field Book Registry that during one expedition may be housed by provides one online location for multiple institutions field book content everywhere.1 2 -There is no community adopted standard for describing and accessing field notes because they are housed by museums, archives, and libraries—all of which approach field notes differently. -Field data may be lost through carelessness, loss of institutional memory, and lack of tracking and organization Two Levels of Description -Field data may be difficult to read due to 1) Collection-Level handwriting and the personalized note Natural Collections Descriptions (NCD) taking system of the collector http://www.tdwg.org/activities/ncd/ Developed for describing natural history 6 5 materials, this schema provides the functional context in which each volume was created and establishes clear Do you have field notes from relationships to other items created within the same context. this… 2) Item-Level COLLECTOR? Metadata Object Description Schema PLACE? http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/ EXPEDITION? Provides more granular access to subject TYPE OF matter covered within individual volumes SPECIMEN? in order to more easily search and browse DATE? within the catalog. SPECIFIC FORMATS? Image Credits Future Goals Learn More Online 1. Smithsonian Institution Archives, RU01-245, SIA-2012-12140 Online Access to digitized field Inclusion of field notes from Website: www.mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks 2. Smithsonian Institution Archives, RU01-245, SIA-2012-12141 notes repositories internationally Blog: http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/ 3. Smithsonian Institution Archives, RU01-245, SIA-2012-12142 Education: www.mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/education 4. Smithsonian Institution Archives, RU01-245, SIA-2012-12144 Crowdsourced transcriptions Create educational materials to enable keyword searching for K-12 students as well as Flickr: www.mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/flickr 5. Smithsonian Institution Archives, RU02-012, SIA-2012-12146 of field book content life-long learners Twitter: http://twitter.com/fieldbookproj 6. Smithsonian Institution Archives, RU02-012, SIA-2012-12150

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