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The data model and user interface for the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) portal at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ was originally designed to accommodate books and journals found in botanical …
The data model and user interface for the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) portal at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ was originally designed to accommodate books and journals found in botanical garden libraries and natural history museums. As the size and reputation of the BHL grew, there were many publishers and individuals who wanted to contribute to the BHL but their content consisted of publication types at more granular levels, such as articles, book chapters, and dissertations. In order to ingest and serve these materials, in early 2011, BHL launched a separate portal called Citebank hosted at citebank.org. Currently, Citebank contains over 180,000 citations linked to content files, either hosted at citebank.org or hosted externally. While feedback on Citebank has been positive, users indicated a desire to combine both the services of the BHL portal and the services of the Citebank portal into a single interface in order to enable a unified search for all biodiversity literature. To respond to these needs, the BHL has begun expansion of its data model in the BHL portal to accommodate articles, book chapters, treatments and other segment-like material so that they can be searched alongside its traditional book and journal content. Parallel to this activity the NSF-funded Global Names Architecture (GNA) Project has enlisted Citebank to fulfill the role of a global biodiversity repository for bibliographic citations. In support of this, Citebank will provide a key functional component to the GNA - that of reconciliation services for citations. Once reconciled, citations can be linked either to scanned page images in the BHL, or to PDFs uploaded by users. If neither exists, citations can point to other digital representations online. Experience with Citebank has resulted in many lessons learned about working with diverse publication types; data formats; and contributors with varying levels of technical competencies. Those lessons were incorporated into a functional requirements document that is being used to inform development of the BHL data model. This talk will outline the functional requirements needed for a global citation repository for biodiversity and how those requirements will better serve the needs of the biodiversity community.
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