Current Status-Future Plans May 31, 2011 Thomas Garnett
The Biodiversity Heritage Library has the largest collection of full-text digitized biodiversity literature in the world.
No other repository is even close.
34,500,000 pages – 91,600 volumes.
The Bleeding Obvious - Why?
A major component of the well-documented “taxonomic impediment” is being eliminated. This will help accelerate the glacial pace of documenting the world’s biota. Revisions to taxonomy require reading all prior work.
EOL (and other integrator projects) will have vastly increased source data for species to draw on.
The published record is available and preserved in network space. What is and what is not the “record” is a complex subject in digital network space.
Repatriation of knowledge to high-biodiversity countries.
BHL Operates in Different Domains Biodiversity Research Publishing World Library Community Biodiversity Sciences and informatics Publishers Libraries BHL
Work with Not Against To digitize and mount works under copyright BHL must obtain permission from the copyright holders. Many biodiversity journals and monographs are published by non-profit institutions or learned societies whose mission is to promote research and learning. Some of these institutions have not sold their rights to commercial publishers and are open to sharing with the BHL.
Use Expertise Working with legal counsel at the Smithsonian and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we prepared a permission agreement that we send to prospective publishing partners. For more background see https://bhl.wikispaces.com/Copyright+Issues https://bhl.wikispaces.com/Article+Index+Copyright
Ability to Deliver
Permissions for > 160 journal titles and growing.
A global cooperation to incentivize other national-level projects to host and preserve the content.
A fruitful collaboration with the Internet Archive that has provide high-quality scanning and free storage infrastructure.
The ability to deliver more content through scanning if funding is made available .
Documented Export Methods
> 160 journal titles and growing.
BHL CiteBank stats as of April 30
* Total citations: 72213
* Citations with PDFs from BHL: 19779
* Citations without PDFs attached: 52434
* Citations from BHL: 63673
* Citations from Scielo: 6252
* Citations from various sources: 1283
* Citations from Zookeys: 341
BHL Next Steps
How to integrate with and contribute to the emerging practices of CYBERTAXONOMY
BHL Digital Preservation
Committed to long-term storage, curation, and preservation of digital text assets for the world-wide biodiversity community
BHL is a steward for this literature.
To keep this content available and open for the future requires careful organizational planning.
Preservation is both a technical and political/social process.
BHL Digital Preservation
Content stored redundantly in geographically separated repositories.
Running on different architechtures.
Under separate and different adminstrative policies.
No mono-culture pathologies.
Academy of Natural Science (Philadelphia, PA)
American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)
California Academy of Science (San Francisco, CA)
The Field Museum (Chicago, IL)
Harvard University Botany Libraries (Cambridge, MA)
Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (Cambridge, MA)