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"What should a flora/fauna/mycota of the future be able to do for me?" My flash talk presentation during pro-iBiosphere Workshops in Berlin, 21 May 2013.

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  • For the meeting on Wednesday on legacy literature, we would like to ask you to give a brief (5-10min) outline of what your plans are with BHL, and especially your move into content. This would be helpful for a more informed following discussion.
  • ExtensiveAiming for a critical mass of biodiversity literatureGlobalOriginating in the US and UK, BHL now has nodes in Europe, China, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, and AfricaOpen Data is freely available for viewing, downloading, and re-use
  • On legacy literature, what your plans are with BHL, and especially your move into content?
  • Mention Neti Neti
  • You can see from this slide that accuracy goes way down when processing older blackletter-type typefaces.
  • On legacy literature, what your plans are with BHL, and especially your move into content?GrowthMore Global ContentTaxon NamesArticle MetadataMicrocitations and COiNSAPIZoobankOCR improvements through GamingCrowdsource MarkupWFO?
  • Natural history illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library seem to leap across boundaries while being catalogued, emerging simultaneously as history, science and art. As historic documents, they paint a vibrant picture of the first time European scientists and explorers encountered exotic plants and animals in the 17th and 18th centuries, drawn by some of the finest illustrators of the world.   Also, as biodiversity records, they provide valuable documentation of when, where, and who first observed a species, and some of them are our only surviving representations of extinct species.  Finally, as aesthetic elements, they communicate human emotions and other values toward nature by exemplifying the mimesis in art and providing a vivid expression of human creativity and imagination.This year, the Missouri Botanical Garden received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support a project called The Art of Life: Data Mining and Crowdsourcing the Identification and Description of Natural History Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).
  • The authors have worked on the development of an effective metadata schema for such natural history illustrations, but instead of developing yet another schema from scratch, they have identified existing schemas that meet the needs of the project and integrated a solution that combines the best in biodiversity informatics and image curation standards and best practices. This schema needs to support three main objectives:  (1) to enable the discovery, description and use of the identified images by artists, biologists, humanities scholars, and educators;  (2) to make BHL’s metadata and images available to other platforms; and  (3) to import crowdsourced metadata generated in other platforms back into BHL..A preliminary schema version will be presented to the TDWG community, explaining how we addressed metadata challenges specific to biodiversity data, in order to obtain feedback on the final version.
  • A new flora fauna mycota should...

    1. 1. What should a flora/fauna/mycotaof the future be able to do for me?William UlateBHL Technical DirectorGlobal BHL CoordinatorBerlin, GermanyMay 21, 2013
    2. 2. Global…
    3. 3. New Partners and Geographies
    4. 4. Dear Sir / Madam Can i justcongratulate you on anabsolutely brilliant onlineresource. I am compiling areport on an invasivehydromedusae and could notbelieve the ease and efficiencyof this web page whichgenuinely saved me weeks ofmy lifeResearch that previouslytook months now takesonly a few hoursLa plus grande#bibliotheque #botanique &#zoologique online Thelargest online botanical &zoological #library #BHLThe freeing of knowledgemay lead to newdiscoveries and changesin the way the naturalworld is perceived
    5. 5. 22.0040.0084.8694.6105.859.216.431.835.438.9-20406080100120Oct-08 Oct-09 Oct-10 Oct-11 Oct-12Pages (Millions) and Volumes (in Thousands)included in BHLVolumes (K)Pages (M)More Online Content
    6. 6. Global Replication & ServingReplicated Data Center Portal Application
    7. 7. For me a future Flora/Fauna/Mycota should…learn from (the errors of) the past...
    8. 8. I may want to find new things later…
    9. 9. Taxon NamesBEFOREName Instances 101,591,803 101,288,804Unique Names 7,498,554 7,464,924Verified Names 1,905,507 1,902,803EOL Names 63,130,350 62,963,582EOL Pages 13,579,868 13,532,684AFTERName Instances 151,222,182 150,066,425Unique Names 29,246,382 29,091,767Verified Names 10,153,165 10,109,540EOL Names 87,791,695 87,135,089EOL Pages 15,466,713 15,342,867
    10. 10. Scientific Name Extraction• TaxonFinder algorithm in production since2008– More than 100 million candidate name strings– More than 1.5 million unique, verified names– Available through UI, APIs, Data Exports & InternetArchive• New collaboration with Global Names– Improved algorithm, better precision & recall– More data with TaxonFinder and Neti Neti!
    11. 11. For me a future Flora/Fauna/Mycota should…allow me to provide and harvestmarked up content with namesof people & organizations, places, taxa,specimens, illustrations, coordinates,citations, tables of context and indexes.
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    13. 13. Images
    14. 14. Crowdsource MarkupDisplay text Species Profile Model categoryGeneral/summary TaxonBiologyGeographic range DistributionHabitat HabitatFood sources and feeding behavior TrophicStrategyPhysical description (general) DescriptionPhysical description (detailed morphology) DiagnosticDescription
    15. 15. For me a future Flora/Fauna/Mycota should…be digital, openly and freely accessible,marked up and mark-able by users,linked and registered ina Common Framework that allowsfor gradual crowd-sourced incrementalsemantic enrichment with proper attribution
    16. 16. > 390,000 viewsin 10 months> 1200 sets> 60,000+ images
    17. 17. For me a future Flora/Fauna/Mycota should…be easy to integrate with other knowledge,allow versioning and track changes,hold and show conflicting opinionsIndependent of format, mobile enabled &be continually growing.
    18. 18. Thank youWilliam UlateGlobal BHL Project Manager / Technical DirectorMissouri Botanical Gardenwilliam.ulate@mobot.orgSkype: william_ulate_r