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How Did We Get Here from There? The Origin Story of The Biodiversity Heritage Library

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How Did We Get Here from There? The Origin Story of The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. 2017 Library Leaders Forum. Internet Archive. San Francisco. 13 October 2017.

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How Did We Get Here from There? The Origin Story of The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. Martin R. Kalfatovic Twitter@BHLProgDirector Program Director Biodiversity Heritage Library Smithsonian Libraries How Did We Get Here from There? The Origin Story of The Biodiversity Heritage Library Library Leaders Forum 2017 11-13 October 2017| San Francisco
  2. 2. Natural History, circa1599
  3. 3. Inspiring Discovery through Free Access to Biodiversity Knowledge Over 10 years of inspiring discovery 15th-21st centuries through free & open access to biodiversity literature & archives from the Mission The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.
  4. 4. “BHL is fantastic! It has made a huge difference in my work - sometimes providing access to texts I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get, sometimes by giving me the gift of my own time...” Dr. Leigh Anne Riedman NASAAstrobiology PostdoctoralFellow Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Harvard University
  5. 5. 1 Internet Archive Hero Award
  6. 6. The BHL Origin Story … Once upon a time ...
  7. 7. Well, it wasn’t a primordial swamp, but at a 2004 meeting in Telluride, high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where a number of brilliant folk got together including Tom Garnett, the first BHL Program Director and Brewster Kahle ...
  8. 8. Tom Garnett BHL Program Director 2006-2012 The goal is to digitize taxonomic texts and make them available ...
  9. 9. …it’s very complex, we’re developing a formula ... * Actually, the J(x) definition of the Explicit Formula for the Prime Counting Function *
  10. 10. Dudes, why don’t you just scan it all? Me and Brewster at the De Lange Conference VI Rice University, 2007
  11. 11. Just scan it all? You gotta be kidding, that’s gotta be a Rocky Mountain High!
  12. 12. But we got busy … and got around the world ...
  13. 13. And we did scan it all … well not all … yet...
  14. 14. “The cultivation of natural history cannot be efficiently carried out without reference to an extensive library.” Charles Darwin, et al (1847)
  15. 15. We now live in what is being called the Anthropocene, a time that is perhaps seeing the Earth’s Sixth Great Extinction ... The "normal" rate of extinction is one species every four years. Today, species are going extinct at a rate of FOUR per HOUR.
  16. 16. “BHL provides access to literature that would otherwise be impossible to find or even know that it existed. It is important to have access to a biodiversity library that has done so well to document the past, as this is vital to our understanding of the future.” Dean Janiak Biologist Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
  17. 17. Thank You & Onward! Twitter @ BHLProgDirector

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