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The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users
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The Biodiversity Heritage Library: an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users

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As part of the scientific method and peer review followed by scientists and particularly taxonomists, it is essential to be able to access the specimens and original publications used to describe a …

As part of the scientific method and peer review followed by scientists and particularly taxonomists, it is essential to be able to access the specimens and original publications used to describe a new species and published in books and journals for more than three centuries ago.  
The Global BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library) is a cooperative network of autonomous organizations and institutions that operate programs and projects to support the goal of making biodiversity literature available to all through open access.  Currently, the European Commission, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Museum Victoria as part of the Atlas of Living Australia, SciELO Brazil, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt have all created regional BHL nodes. These projects are working together to share content, protocols, services, and digital preservation practices to support research, policy and conservation through appropriate repatriation of scientific information.
In recent years, several biodiversity informatics initiatives have been promoted in Africa by different donors.  One of them, the JRS Foundation, supported in November 2011, that ten African librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers and students were brought together in Chicago, USA during the Life and Literature Conference, to decide on African needs and objectives related to Biodiversity Literature Digitization.  
A follow-up organizational meeting will take place in June 2012, to collaborate on the development of a BHL node for Africa, an open global resource of literature for African biodiversity scientists.  Among the topics to be covered are the sharing of previous experiences organizing a BHL Node following on the successful model developed in Australia and Brazil, the appropriate metadata delivery infrastructure, how to coordinate the scanning and synchronize the repositories of titles that are important for biodiversity scientists in Africa, including gray literature and publications produced within the continent.

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  •   Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Scientists William Ulate, Global BHL Project Coordinator   As part of the scientific method and peer review followed by scientists and particularly taxonomists, it is essential to be able to access the specimens and original publications used to describe a new species and published in books and journals for more than three centuries ago.   The Global BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library) is a cooperative network of autonomous organizations and institutions that operate programs and projects to support the goal of making biodiversity literature available to all through open access.  Currently, the European Commission, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Museum Victoria as part of the Atlas of Living Australia, SciELO Brazil, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt have all created regional BHL nodes. These projects are working together to share content, protocols, services, and digital preservation practices to support research, policy and conservation through appropriate repatriation of scientific information. In recent years, several biodiversity informatics initiatives have been promoted in Africa by different donors.  One of them, the JRS Foundation, supported in November 2011, that ten African librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers and students were brought together in Chicago, USA during the Life and Literature Conference, to decide on African needs and objectives related to Biodiversity Literature Digitization.   A follow-up organizational meeting will take place in June 2012, to collaborate on the development of a BHL node for Africa, an open global resource of literature for African biodiversity scientists.  Among the topics to be covered are the sharing of previous experiences organizing a BHL Node following on the successful model developed in Australia and Brazil, the appropriate metadata delivery infrastructure, how to coordinate the scanning and synchronize the repositories of titles that are important for biodiversity scientists in Africa, including gray literature and publications produced within the continent.
  • Access to literature is particularly important to taxonomic researchers. It does not matter whether the original description of a species was published a year ago or a hundred years ago, the taxonomist must still consult the literature in the process of identifying and naming new species. 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.”
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  • Access to literature is particularly important to taxonomic researchers. It does not matter whether the original description of a species was published a year ago or a hundred years ago, the taxonomist must still consult the literature in the process of identifying and naming new species. 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.”
  • E xtensive Aiming for a critical mass of biodiversity literature G lobal Originating in the US and UK, BHL now has nodes in Europe, China, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, and Africa O pen Data is freely available for viewing, downloading, and re-use
  • E xtensive Aiming for a critical mass of biodiversity literature G lobal Originating in the US and UK, BHL now has nodes in Europe, China, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, and Africa O pen Data is freely available for viewing, downloading, and re-use
  • 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 and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.”
  • ~ 1.5 million users - 231 countries / territories
  • ~ 1.5 million users - 231 countries / territories
  • O pen Data is freely available for viewing, downloading, and re-use The website and webservice BioStor by Rod Page provides tools for extracting, annotating, and visualising information on literature from BHL ( http://biostor.org/ ). In this example, Rod has identified articles found in the Proceedings of the United States National Museum .
  • Global BHL is a Global Partnership with programs in six continents, we hope to keep expanding to new geographies. The BHL is a nimble, geographically distributed, virtual organization that delivers focused research content. Since 2009, the BHL has expanded globally. The European Commission’s eContentPlus program funded the BHL-Europe project, with 28 institutions, to assemble the European language literature. Additionally, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Atlas of Living Australia, Brazil (through SciELO and BIREME), and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina have created regional BHL nodes. These projects will work together to share content, protocols, services, and digital preservation practices. Internet Archive 2007 BHL Europe May 10-15, 2009 BHL China 2009 BHL Australia 1 - 4 June, 2010 BHL Alexandria 2010 BHL Scielo 2011? - they haven't signed anything but our kick off meeting was in 2010
  • Redundancy achieved through Global Replication and serving. Describe the current state: Uploading all content into IA as the long-term repository Copied seed data and now we are starting to synchronize repositories (IA->WHO, WHO -> NHM, IA->EGYPT, then WHO->CHINA).
  • Global Data requires a Social Infrastructure The project may be about the content, but relies heavily on the people (and their collaboration for a common cause).
  • Sharing content, protocols, services and practices to support research, policy and conservation through appropriate repatriation of information. How to share and benefit from local developments. For example, the User Interface and Annotations from BHL-Australia and BHL-US, the Search functionality from BHL-Europe, the OCR functionality at BHL-Egypt, the Common names functionality from BHL-China and BHL-Europe. Could we consider co-development or adopting one set of tools for each service (portal, dedup/GRIB, exhibitions)? When we all get together we have effective communications
  • BHL US/UK Meeting First Global BHL Technical Meeting in Woods Hole. September 2010. Second Global BHL Planning Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA. November 2011 Third Global Planning and Technical Meeting in Berlin, Germany, June 2012
  • This is a take-away topic, and one we deal with everyday. Language, culture, plans, funding, commitments… all bring new challenges and new opportunities.
  • First Global BHL Meeting in Woods Hole. This is a take-away topic, and one we deal with everyday. Language, culture, plans, funding, commitments… all bring new challenges and new opportunities.
  • It’s all about the Content: Continuous growth according to each partner’s possibilities. 2008: More than 22,000 volumes, 9.2 million pages. Avg. monthly growth rate: 1,500 volumes, 600,000 pages 2009: 15,000 titles, 40,000 volumes, 16.4million pages 2010: 84,860 volumes, 31.8 million pages, 7.7 million page views since launch (2008), 900,000 unique visitors since launch 2011: 47,768 titles, 94,596 volumes, 35.36 million pages 2012:
  • Global BHL is a Global Partnership with programs in six continents, we hope to keep expanding to new geographies. So far we have started to work with African colleagues to
  • Nov. 16, 2011: Chris Freeland and William Ulate participated in the JRS African Digitization Workshop at the Field Museum, an event sponsored by the JRS Foundation, where nine African representatives from different fields (librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers and students) met six colleagues from the Biodiversity Heritage Library and other initiatives like EOL and Internet Archive, to discuss on African needs and objectives for Biodiversity Literature Digitization. Each African attendee was invited to give a brief 10-minutes presentation about their institution and projects that would relate to the next 5 years of the Biodiversity Heritage Library; the discussion that came afterwards defined the next steps to collaboratively identify the materials useful for African colleagues (including gray literature). After this, a proposal will be developed to generate this content with the proper Metadata and distributed through an adequate infrastructure, according to the African needs. February 2012 15 : Following up on the Life and Literature Meeting and the JRS African Biodiversity Literature Digitalization Workshop in November 14th - 15th and November 16th, respectively, several African attendees were encouraged and advised on applying for funding to the JRS Call for Pre-proposals ( http://www.jrsbdf.org/v3/Home.asp ). As a result, colleagues from 3 different institutions in African nations submitted pre-proposals to JRS. Also an additional pre-proposal was presented to JRS by BHL-US to support meeting with the African colleagues in South Africa and helping develop a full proposal to promote the Digitization of African Biodiversity Literature. by SIL to support a meeting with the African colleagues in South Africa and help develop a full proposal to promote the Digitization of African Biodiversity Literature
  • Include picture of BHL China and BHL Australia in the Arch. This picture shows the diversity of … how BHL works together when we are together.
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    • 1. Biodiversity Information Management Forum 2012 The Biodiversity Heritage Library:an Open Global Resource of Literature for African Biodiversity Users William Ulate, Global BHL Project Coordinator Kirstenbosch Gardens June 13th, 2012
    • 2. What is BHL?Access to literature is particularly important to taxonomic researchers Source: Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJUMH9z91UQ
    • 3. All we know for some organisms……is a brief description in a hard to find book… … held in one of the great natural history or botanical libraries… A library that is, all too often, far from the reader! Source: The Biodiversity Heritage library: Extensive. Open. Global, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOpuLTBocOA
    • 4. But there is a librarycloser to where you are…The Biodiversity Heritage Library
    • 5. Dear Sir / Madam Can i just congratulate you on anThe freeing of knowledge absolutely brilliant onlinemay lead to new resource. I am compiling a report on an invasivediscoveries and changes hydromedusae and could notin the way the natural believe the ease and efficiencyworld is perceived of this web page which genuinely saved me weeks of my lifeLa plus grande#bibliotheque #botanique & Research that previously#zoologique online The took months now takeslargest online botanical & only a few hourszoological #library #BHL
    • 6. What is BHL? The Biodiversity Heritage Library isa consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible thelegacy 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.”
    • 7. Extensive
    • 8. Open
    • 9. ~1.6 m users | 16 m page views 233 countries
    • 10. Open
    • 11. Global…
    • 12. GLOBAL BHL is… a cooperative network of autonomous members operating programs and projectsto make biodiversity literature available through open access principles.
    • 13. Global Replication & Serving Replicated Data Center Portal Application ole n ci sc o d sH n do ran oo Lo ria ing F W a nd ijSa n lex Be A
    • 14. Repatriating Information
    • 15. Coordinating with Global BHL
    • 16. Sharing
    • 17. Sharing of Technical TopicsScan Requests –Strategy for handling and managing scan requests globallyDeduplication –Avoiding duplication of scanning.Feedback –How to coordinate feedback (issues) between the nodes?
    • 18. A Global Project requires a few Meetings
    • 19. …permanent interactions…
    • 20. …and very good communication! www.biodiversitylibrary.org @BiodivLibrary #bhl blog.biodiversitylibrary.org
    • 21. > 390,000 views in 10months> 30,000+ images
    • 22. What’s next?FUTURE PERSPECTIVES
    • 23. More Online Content Pages (Millions) and Volumes (in Thousands) included in BHL100 94.6 90 84.86 80 70 60 50 40 40.00 35.4 30 31.8 20 22.00 16.4 Volumes (K) 10 9.2 Pages (M) - Oct-08 Oct-09 Oct-10 Oct-11
    • 24. New Partners and Geographies
    • 25. JRS Workshop for Africa• African colleagues met for the first time.• Presented their institutions and projects.• Defined next steps for collaborating.• Proposal to JRS Call for a Meeting in June in South Africa
    • 26. BHL Africa InvitationLibraries Working Session Today June 13th 14:00 Chair: Anne-Lise Fourie BHL Africa Organizational Mtg. Thu. 14th & Fri. 15th June
    • 27. Thank youWilliam UlateGlobal BHL Project ManagerMissouri Botanical Gardenwilliam.ulate@mobot.orgSkype: william_ulate_rCredits: Martin Kalfatovic, Chris Freeland, BHL-Europe and so many other BHL Colleagues whose valuable contributions make BHL what it is!

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