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African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The
Biodiversity Heritage Library Model
library.si.edu
Martin R. Kalfatovic &...
Good afternoon!
‫الخير‬ ‫!مساء‬
Salama!
Lumelang!
Litshonile
Bon après-midi!
Good mchana!
Boa tarde!
Goeie middag!
Ndewo
T...
The cultivation of
natural science
cannot be
efficiently carried
on without
reference to an
extensive library
Charles Darw...
Created in 2006 ...
… with 10 US and UK institutions
BHL is a vast library of life …
Technology Libraries Science
A global project that encompasses
Committed to open access…
http://bouchoutdeclaration.org/
Our natural world is a source of food, water, resources,
protect...
BHL has now grown to 23 members and affiliates
23 Members and Affiliates
16 Members
American Museum of Natural History
Cornell University
The Field Museum of Natural His...
23 Members and Affiliates
7 Affiliates
Academy of Natural Sciences
Natural History Museum, LA County
Chicago Botanic Garde...
And now has “global nodes” throughout the world
Europe, China, Brasil, Australia, Egypt,
Sub-Saharan Africa, Singapore, & ...
Secretariat and Technical Staff
August 2011Program Director
Program Manager
Collections Coordinator
Communication & Outrea...
Global BHL Steering Committee
August 2011
Vice Chair SecretaryChair
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Global Governance
Dr. El...
45,721,826 pages
158,636 items
93,161 titles
145K+ articles
March 2015
And growth of content: 2007-2015
Increase agreements
with publishers of in
copyright materials
► 390+ titles
► 160+ publishers
March 2015
2007
2014
151,944 visitors | March 2014
And growth of users (CY 2014):
- 927,371 visitors
- 1,568,460 sessions
- 4.7m page...
... to this?
10.19% sessions(32% iPad)
Mobile/Tablet Sessions CY 2014
5.96% sessions(45% iPad)
Mobile/Tablet Sessions CY 2013
BHL Usage: Africa: By Coun
BHL Usage: Africa: By City
BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
BHL Usage: Africa: Ghana
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And now increased archival content
► 500+ Field Notes
► Use of transcription tools
New areas like Biodiversity Library
Exhibitions
BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY AFRICA
Launched in April 2013 | Form part of the global
BHL initiative | Common goal to digi...
REGIONS OF BHL Africa

Western and Central Africa

Eastern Africa

Southern Africa
WHAT DO WE DO?
• Digitize biodiversity literature not available from other BHL
global nodes
• Create an awareness of Afric...
IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION
If you want to go far, go together
Two strong collaborations currently in Africa
National Muse...
MEMBER BENEFITS

Access to specialized repository software and
technical support

Global exposure of institutes and thei...
THE ROAD AHEAD FOR BHLA
FOR THE FIRST 2 YEARS...
• Identifying those unique collections
• Identification of available reso...
THE ROAD AHEAD FOR BHLA
NEXT 5 YEARS...
• Collaborate and share resources amongst
participating members
• Partnership and ...
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Looking Forward
In any well-appointed
Natural History Library
there should be found
every book and every
edition of every ...
Looking Forward
In any well-appointed
Natural History Library
there should be found
every book and every
edition of every ...
Thank You! @BioDivLibrary
African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Model
African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Model
African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Model
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African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Model. Martin R. Kalfatovic & Anne-Lise Fourie, ICADLA-4. Accra, Ghana, 28 May 2015

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African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Model

  1. 1. African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Model library.si.edu Martin R. Kalfatovic & Anne-Lise Fourie | 28 May 2015 | Legon, Ghana 4th International Conference on African Digital Libraries & Archives
  2. 2. Good afternoon! ‫الخير‬ ‫!مساء‬ Salama! Lumelang! Litshonile Bon après-midi! Good mchana! Boa tarde! Goeie middag! Ndewo Thupama e e monate E kaasan! Sawubona! Barka da yamma
  3. 3. The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library Charles Darwin, et al (1847) Extensive … and vast ...
  4. 4. Created in 2006 ... … with 10 US and UK institutions
  5. 5. BHL is a vast library of life …
  6. 6. Technology Libraries Science A global project that encompasses
  7. 7. Committed to open access… http://bouchoutdeclaration.org/ Our natural world is a source of food, water, resources, protection and enjoyment that our society needs. The richness and complexity of nature, and the speed of new discoveries made possible by genomic and digital technologies, challenge us to find new ways to benefit from and be better custodians of the natural world. Digital information management systems can bring together the wealth of information now dispersed in a myriad of different documents, institutions, and locations. With such systems, we can harness the benefits of rapid discovery and open up our legacy of over 260 years of biological observations. Bouchout Declaration Signatory
  8. 8. BHL has now grown to 23 members and affiliates
  9. 9. 23 Members and Affiliates 16 Members American Museum of Natural History Cornell University The Field Museum of Natural History Harvard University Botany Libraries Mayr Library of the Museum of Comp. Zoology (Harvard University) Library of Congress Marine Biological Laboratory & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Missouri Botanical Garden Library BHL Singapore (National Library Board) BHL Mexico (CONABIO) Natural History Museum, London The New York Botanical Garden Royal Botanic Garden, Kew Smithsonian Libraries United States Geological Survey Libraries University of Illinois
  10. 10. 23 Members and Affiliates 7 Affiliates Academy of Natural Sciences Natural History Museum, LA County Chicago Botanic Garden California Academy of Sciences National Agriculture Library Washington University BHL Africa (SANBI & National Museums of Kenya)
  11. 11. And now has “global nodes” throughout the world Europe, China, Brasil, Australia, Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa, Singapore, & Mexico
  12. 12. Secretariat and Technical Staff August 2011Program Director Program Manager Collections Coordinator Communication & Outreach Manager Technical Director Programmer / Secret Weapon Data Project Coordinator
  13. 13. Global BHL Steering Committee August 2011 Vice Chair SecretaryChair Biodiversity Heritage Library Global Governance Dr. Elycia Wallis Dr. Jiri FrankDr. Elycia Wallis Dr. Nancy GwinnDr. Jiri FrankDr. Jiri Frank
  14. 14. 45,721,826 pages 158,636 items 93,161 titles 145K+ articles March 2015 And growth of content: 2007-2015
  15. 15. Increase agreements with publishers of in copyright materials ► 390+ titles ► 160+ publishers March 2015
  16. 16. 2007 2014 151,944 visitors | March 2014 And growth of users (CY 2014): - 927,371 visitors - 1,568,460 sessions - 4.7m page visits - 57.49% vs 42.51% new vs. recurring
  17. 17. ... to this?
  18. 18. 10.19% sessions(32% iPad) Mobile/Tablet Sessions CY 2014 5.96% sessions(45% iPad) Mobile/Tablet Sessions CY 2013
  19. 19. BHL Usage: Africa: By Coun
  20. 20. BHL Usage: Africa: By City
  21. 21. BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
  22. 22. BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
  23. 23. BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
  24. 24. BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
  25. 25. BHL Usage: Africa: By Regi
  26. 26. BHL Usage: Africa: Ghana
  27. 27. TheMachineIsUs/ingUs <Response xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema- instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"> <Status>ok</Status> <Result> <Item> <ItemID>16800</ItemID> <Volume/> <Contributor>MBLWHOI Library</Contributor> <Sponsor>MBLWHOI Library</Sponsor> <Language>English</Language> <LicenseUrl/> <Rights/> <DueDiligence/> <CopyrightStatus/> <CopyrightRegion/> </Item> But many "visits" are from other machines
  28. 28. 27+ million visitors in total | 96K + images (2014)
  29. 29. And now increased archival content ► 500+ Field Notes ► Use of transcription tools
  30. 30. New areas like Biodiversity Library Exhibitions
  31. 31. BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY AFRICA Launched in April 2013 | Form part of the global BHL initiative | Common goal to digitize past and present literature
  32. 32. REGIONS OF BHL Africa  Western and Central Africa  Eastern Africa  Southern Africa
  33. 33. WHAT DO WE DO? • Digitize biodiversity literature not available from other BHL global nodes • Create an awareness of Africa’s variety of biodiversity material • Digitize significant content relevant to African biodiversity • Content Creation • Audience Building • Content Identification • Partnership Building
  34. 34. IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION If you want to go far, go together Two strong collaborations currently in Africa National Museums Kenya and their partners South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the University of Pretoria (UP) Macaw Internet Archive scribes
  35. 35. MEMBER BENEFITS  Access to specialized repository software and technical support  Global exposure of institutes and their holdings  Material formerly only physically accessible now online available  Membership promotes and increases stronger awareness towards fragile biodiversity of Africa
  36. 36. THE ROAD AHEAD FOR BHLA FOR THE FIRST 2 YEARS... • Identifying those unique collections • Identification of available resources and digitization capacity • Extensive training will be done
  37. 37. THE ROAD AHEAD FOR BHLA NEXT 5 YEARS... • Collaborate and share resources amongst participating members • Partnership and audience building • Funding for identified projects • Book and Digital Preservation • Scribes
  38. 38. “ T h a n k y o u m u c h f o r y o u r h e May I compliment you on this splendid service? The Library's invaluable for my work on seasonal variability of climate and vector-borne disease in British India, 1875- 1940. Compliments from our users
  39. 39. What an absolutely wonderful site. It is a treasure trove of information. Thank you! Compliments from our users
  40. 40. “ T h a n k y o u m u c h f o r y o u r h e I really appreciate your work. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is an excellent resource that regularly helps my assistant and I obtain original descriptions for plants .... I feel so privileged to be working in a day in age when such resources are so readily available and easy to obtain Compliments from our users
  41. 41. “ T h a n k y o u m u c h f o r y o u r h e I really appreciate your work. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is an excellent resource that regularly helps my assistant and I obtain original descriptions for plants .... I feel so privileged to be working in a day in age when such resources are so readily available and easy to obtain Compliments from our users
  42. 42. In any well-appointed Natural History Library there should be found every book and every edition of every book dealing in the remotest way with the subjects concerned. Charles Davies Sherborn Epilogue to Index Animalium, March 1922
  43. 43. Looking Forward In any well-appointed Natural History Library there should be found every book and every edition of every book dealing in the remotest way with the subjects concerned. Charles Davies Sherborn Epilogue to Index Animalium, March 1922
  44. 44. Looking Forward In any well-appointed Natural History Library there should be found every book and every edition of every book dealing in the remotest way with the subjects concerned. Charles Davies Sherborn Epilogue to Index Animalium, March 1922 Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge
  45. 45. Thank You! @BioDivLibrary

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