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Talk and poster presented at SPARC Open Access meeting 2012
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The primary principles of the BHL are to be Extensive, Open, and Global. We’ll discussion how the principle of Open has driven decisions to provide historic content in as many forms as possible for others to harvest and reuse. We’ll highlight some creative uses of BHL data by other projects and individuals and finally we’ll discuss some factors that we believe are key to making open content more successful.