An Anatomy of a Mass Scanning Project: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

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An Anatomy of a Mass Scanning Project: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. The Medical Heritage Library Meeting. Rochester, MN. 28 April 2010

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An Anatomy of a Mass Scanning Project: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. An Anatomy of a Mass Scanning Project Medical Heritage Library Meeting 28 April 2010 Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  2. 2. The Biodiversity Heritage Library • About BHL • Funding • Usage Statistics • Growth of Content • Outreach & Feedback • New Developments
  3. 3. The Biodiversity Heritage Library American Museum of Natural History Field Museum California Academy of Sciences Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard) New York Botanical Garden Natural History Museum (London)
  4. 4. The Biodiversity Heritage Library Smithsonian Institution Libraries Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Missouri Botanical Garden Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia) Marine Biological Laboratory/WHOI Harvard Botany Libraries
  5. 5. BHL Global
  6. 6. BHL Global
  7. 7. Funding
  8. 8. Funding Parent Organizations IMLS MacArthur Foundation Moore Foundation
  9. 9. Funding 2009 Direct Staff Costs $1,143,326.09 Other Costs $216,194.12 Total $1,359,520.21 Internal Subvention $150,140.00 External Grants received $775,000.00 Funds Received $925,140.00 FTE 17.69
  10. 10. Funding 2009 SI Libraries Direct Staff Costs $376,385.14 Other Costs $52,000.00 Total $428,385.14 Internal Subvention $150,000.00 External Grants received $- Funds Received $150,000.00 FTE 3.75
  11. 11. Some Usage Stats
  12. 12. A Global User Community
  13. 13. Steadily Increasing Usage
  14. 14. The Machine is Using Us  Direct Traffic: 16.55%  Referring Sites: 22.20%  EOL  Wikipedia:  Tropicos  Smithsonian  BioOne  Animal Base  Search Engines: 61.15%
  15. 15. Growth of Content
  16. 16. Growth of Content  BHL  Titles: 41,387  Items: 78,872  Pages: 29.5 million  SIL  Titles: 4,535  Items: 9,563  Pages: 3.48 million
  17. 17. Growth of BHL Content SIL 03/2009 – 03/2010
  18. 18. Outreach & Feedback
  19. 19. Outreach & Feedback • Survey of users now being conducted • New public “help” wiki launched earlier this year • Instructional videos for portal use being created
  20. 20. Outreach & Feedback “BHL deserves so much credit for all that it has done to benefit the scholarly endeavor in such a short amount of time.”
  21. 21. Outreach & Feedback “In turn I would like to compliment the whole BHL team [for] this service, indispensable for taxonomists (and wider biological community).”
  22. 22. Outreach & Feedback 2010 ALA Collaboration Award “Our committee was quite impressed with BHL's noteworthy collaborative effort to fulfill a scholarly need by providing open access to a large corpus of historical materials on biodiversity within the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.”
  23. 23. Outreach & Feedback “Outstanding! And it is also a great illustration of the power of collaboration to get things done we could not do alone. My congratulations to you and all your BHL colleagues.” - Sec. Wayne Clough
  24. 24. New Developments
  25. 25. New Developments  CiteBank for article- level delivery in development  Open API and web services allow user to create applications on top of BHL
  26. 26. Team BHL
  27. 27. Team BHL A Social Experiment • Distributed scanning • Distributed portal editing • Distributed user services
  28. 28. THANK YOU An Anatomy of a Mass Scanning Project Medical Heritage Library Meeting 28 April 2010 Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries

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