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  Digitising  Darwin’s Library Jane Smith, Natural History Museum Grant Young, Cambridge University Library   Presentation...
The background <ul><li>One of three projects funding under Phase 2 of the JISC – NEH  JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitisation ...
The challenge <ul><ul><li>A key source of ‘data’ for Darwin was his library – heavily annotated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
The idea <ul><li>A partnership  - an initial idea from David Kohn </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing together </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
A solution <ul><ul><li>Link transcriptions with digitised books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For heavily annotated books – s...
Our partnership <ul><ul><li>Cambridge University Library (CUL)  will scan Darwin’s Library books and pages </li></ul></ul>...
 
BHL Mission   - provide access to biodiversity literature <ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>Digitise the core published lit...
Darwin: “If this were true adios theory” ! Lyell: “The entire variation from the original type... may usually be effected ...
Context is significant
JISC-NEH Project – just the beginning… <ul><ul><li>This project will enable us to represent just over half of the annotate...
T he cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without an extensive library. <ul><li>Charles Darwin,...
UK Contacts <ul><li>Grant Young </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge University Library </li></ul><ul><li>Email:  [email_address] <...
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Digitising Darwin’s Library

  1. 1. Digitising Darwin’s Library Jane Smith, Natural History Museum Grant Young, Cambridge University Library Presentation for JISC Programme Meeting, October 2009
  2. 2. The background <ul><li>One of three projects funding under Phase 2 of the JISC – NEH JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitisation Collaboration Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Starting September 2009; completing February 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Uni of Cambridge awarded £103,000 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/projects/darwinlibrary.html </li></ul>
  3. 3. The challenge <ul><ul><li>A key source of ‘data’ for Darwin was his library – heavily annotated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annotations published in late 1980s, but full utility requires access to the books they annotate – some quite obscure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It would be very costly to digitise his entire library </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The idea <ul><li>A partnership - an initial idea from David Kohn </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing digitisation programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiatives developing and delivering access to biodiversity and cultural/heritage collections </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. A solution <ul><ul><li>Link transcriptions with digitised books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For heavily annotated books – scan whole volume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For sparsely annotated books – just scan annotated pages and link in with digital surrogates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Store and delivery content with Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), to ensure wide resource discovery and good sustainability </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Our partnership <ul><ul><li>Cambridge University Library (CUL) will scan Darwin’s Library books and pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural History Museum (NHM) will provide suitable surrogates via two workflows (high-end and mass digitisation programme) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Darwin Manuscript Project at the American Natural History Museum (AMNH) will provide metadata, transcriptions, and indexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) , of which both NHM and AMNH are partners, will provide delivery and preservation </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. BHL Mission - provide access to biodiversity literature <ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>Digitise the core published literature on biodiversity and put on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Agree on approaches with the taxonomic community, publishers and others </li></ul>
  8. 9. Darwin: “If this were true adios theory” ! Lyell: “The entire variation from the original type... may usually be effected in a brief period of time, after which no further deviation can be obtained by continuing to alter the circumstances, though ever so gradually; indefinite divergence, either in the way of improvement or deterioration, being prevented...&quot; Context is significant
  9. 10. Context is significant
  10. 11. JISC-NEH Project – just the beginning… <ul><ul><li>This project will enable us to represent just over half of the annotated books in Darwin’s Library – we will fundraise for remainder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Darwin also kept notes of books he borrowed (and so couldn’t annotate!). Where these books are available, we will mount transcriptions of notes, enabling us to broaden concept to Darwin’s Reading </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. T he cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without an extensive library. <ul><li>Charles Darwin, et al (1987) </li></ul><ul><li>Darwin, C.R. ,et al. 1847. Copy of Memorial to the First </li></ul><ul><li>Lord of the Treasury [Lord John Russell], respecting the </li></ul><ul><li>Management of the British Museum. Parliamentary </li></ul><ul><li>Papers, Accounts and Papers 1847, paper nu. (268), </li></ul><ul><li>Vol. XXXIV.253 (13 April): 1-3. [Complete Works of </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Darwin Online] </li></ul>
  12. 13. UK Contacts <ul><li>Grant Young </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge University Library </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Natural History Museum, London </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www .nhm.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.Biodiveritylibrary.org </li></ul>
  13. 14. Questions?

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