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An Overview of Activities and Projects: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

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An Overview of Activities and Projects: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Workshop Coleção de Obras Raras Essencial. 3-5 February 2010. São Paulo, Brazil.

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An Overview of Activities and Projects: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. An Overview of Activities and Projects Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries & Biodiversity Heritage Library Workshop Coleção de Obras Raras Essencial, São Paulo: 3-5 February 2010
  2. 2. Johann Baptist von Spix Simiarum et Vespertilionum Brasiliensium Species Novae (1823) Bavarian Expedition to Brazil, 1817-1820
  3. 3. Topics Covered • BHL stakeholders and requirements gathering: scientists, librarians, educators and policy makers • BHL digitizing practices, workflow, oversize materials, rare books • Internal BHL communications, structure, working organization
  4. 4. American Museum of Natural History (New York) Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) Field Museum (Chicago) Natural History Museum (London) Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Washington) Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis) New York Botanical Garden (New York) Royal Botanic Garden, Kew Botany Libraries, Harvard University Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  5. 5. I. BHL stakeholders and requirements gathering: scientists, librarians, educators and policy makers
  6. 6. BHL is all about OPEN & SHARING • Library Needs • Traditional Users • New Users
  7. 7. An inordinate fondness for data Access Putting biodiversity literature in the hands of researchers Set the data free Suck it; mash it; broadcast it Increase Reuse, recyle, expand
  8. 8. Other Consumers EarthCape Labs Sort/Search capabilities with harvested names YouTube demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw7qw87JTOs BioGUID BHL Name Timeline http://bioguid.info/bhl/ BHL Name Comparison http://bioguid.info/bhl/compare.php
  9. 9. II. BHL digitizing practices, workflow, oversize materials, rare books
  10. 10. Scanning Partner: Internet Archive • Northeast Regional Scanning Facility (Boston) • Jersey City Facility • University of Illinois • Natural History Museum, London • Missouri Botanical Garden (Non-Scribe operation) • Fedscan (Library of Congress) • Smithsonian Libraries
  11. 11. Now Online More than: 40,000 volumes 16 million pages Only 290 million to go! Avg. monthly growth rate 1,500 volumes 600,000 pages See you in 2048!
  12. 12. III. Internal BHL communications, structure, working organization
  13. 13. BHL Organization • Institutional Council • Staff Goup • Technical Group • Collections Group • Field Notebooks • Ad hoc groups
  14. 14. Management by Flying Around
  15. 15. New Tools & Tech
  16. 16. New Tools & Tech
  17. 17. New Tools & Tech
  18. 18. Metadata: Feedback Assigned to library staff for review & resolution
  19. 19. IV. Conclusion and Wrap Up
  20. 20. 1.9 million known species … most described once in a hard to find article … wouldn't it be nice to know more about your neighbors ...
  21. 21. Thanks for sticking around!
  22. 22. An Overview of Activities and Projects Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries & Biodiversity Heritage Library Workshop Coleção de Obras Raras Essencial, São Paulo: 3-5 February 2010

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