Encyclopedia of Life Informatics (Data Model) Workshop <ul><ul><li>Engaging Partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Biodiv...
Engaging Partners Round Table <ul><li>Martin R. Kalfatovic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Head, New Media Office and Preservation S...
Vast, But Not Infinite
Vast, But Not Infinite <ul><li>100 characters (Western European languages, plus spaces and some punctuation) </li></ul><ul...
But where can we put it? <ul><li>Compressed (at today’s standards) this would be about 50 petabytes (about the size of a s...
Digitization Projects <ul><li>Amazon: Search Inside the Book </li></ul><ul><li>Google Book Search </li></ul><ul><li>Micros...
Challenges/Opportunities <ul><li>Cheap Scanning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Archive Scribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>K...
What Do You Do With a Million …? <ul><li>Books? </li></ul><ul><li>Name strings? </li></ul><ul><li>Images? </li></ul><ul><l...
Engaging Partners <ul><li>Can the layered architecture accommodate input from and contribute to your project? </li></ul><u...
Engaging Partners <ul><li>Do you have any software / components that you would like to integrate within the EoL informatic...
Engaging Partners <ul><li>Can we build crosswalks with your project? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BHL data will provide the histo...
Engaging Partners <ul><li>What changes to the data model or additional WorkBench modules would help meet your needs ...  <...
Engaging Partners <ul><li>“The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is...
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Presentation given at the Encyclopedia of Life Informatics workshop at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole), February 9, 2007

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Encylopedia of Life Informatics (Data Model) Workshop: Engaging Partners

  1. 1. Encyclopedia of Life Informatics (Data Model) Workshop <ul><ul><li>Engaging Partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Biodiversity Heritage Library </li></ul></ul>Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  2. 2. Engaging Partners Round Table <ul><li>Martin R. Kalfatovic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Head, New Media Office and Preservation Services Department Smithsonian Institution Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Areas of Interest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital conversion technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network information discovery and retrieval </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology review editor, Library Information Technology Association (LITA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Areas of Work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing purchase orders and annoying staff in the contracts office </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Vast, But Not Infinite
  4. 4. Vast, But Not Infinite <ul><li>100 characters (Western European languages, plus spaces and some punctuation) </li></ul><ul><li>Each line has 50 spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Each page is 40 lines long </li></ul><ul><li>Each book is 500 pages long </li></ul><ul><li>Total Books: 100 1,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Googolplex: 1 followed by a googol (10 100 ) zeros </li></ul>Kurd Lasswitz, “The Universal Library.” 1901 Jorge Louis Borges, “The Library of Babel.” 1941 Daniel Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous Idea . 1995
  5. 5. But where can we put it? <ul><li>Compressed (at today’s standards) this would be about 50 petabytes (about the size of a small-town library building) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Digitization Projects <ul><li>Amazon: Search Inside the Book </li></ul><ul><li>Google Book Search </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Live Text! </li></ul><ul><li>Open Content Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Heritage Library </li></ul>
  7. 7. Challenges/Opportunities <ul><li>Cheap Scanning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Archive Scribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kirtas APT 2400 Scanner </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What Do You Do With a Million …? <ul><li>Books? </li></ul><ul><li>Name strings? </li></ul><ul><li>Images? </li></ul><ul><li>Specimens? </li></ul><ul><li>Web pages? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Engaging Partners <ul><li>Can the layered architecture accommodate input from and contribute to your project? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Engaging Partners <ul><li>Do you have any software / components that you would like to integrate within the EoL informatics package? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chris Freeland </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Engaging Partners <ul><li>Can we build crosswalks with your project? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BHL data will provide the historic groundwork for a significant number of EoL species content </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Engaging Partners <ul><li>What changes to the data model or additional WorkBench modules would help meet your needs ... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Within the WorkBench layer, building bibliographic citation scraping tools that can roundtrip between EoL and other tools: e.g. Zotero and Connotea </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Engaging Partners <ul><li>“The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it” </li></ul><ul><li>- Vannevar Bush (1945) </li></ul>

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