Sharing Data for Biodiversity: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Sharing Data for Biodiversity: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Leaders' Forum: The Internet Archive. 21 October 2010. San Francisco, CA.

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Sharing Data for Biodiversity: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. Sharing Data for Biodiversity Biodiversity Heritage Library Martin R. Kalfatovic :: Internet Archive Leaders' Forum :: 21 October 2010
  2. 2. 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)  Smithsonian Institution Libraries  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew  Missouri Botanical Garden  Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia)  Marine Biological Laboratory/WHOI  Harvard Botany Libraries
  3. 3. BHL Global data sharing
  4. 4. BHL Global BHL Europe BHL China
  5. 5. BHL Global Brasil Australia Egypt
  6. 6. Achievements > Digitization of biodiversity literature > Creation of a global partnership > Engagement of the research community
  7. 7. 31+ million pages
  8. 8. Six Continents
  9. 9. ~1.5 m users 231 countries
  10. 10. Access Putting biodiversity literature in the hands of researchers Set the data free Suck it; mash it; broadcast it Increase Reuse, recyle, expand An inordinate fondness for data
  11. 11. The Machine is Using Us • Direct Traffic: 16.55% • Referring Sites: 22.20% – EOL – Wikipedia: – Tropicos – Smithsonian – BioOne – Animal Base • Search Engines: 61.15%
  12. 12. Open Software & Development BHL Bits: Portal code, utilities, services http://code.google.com/p/bhl-bits/ Taxonomic Literature Group Google Group for discussion of “taxonomic literature & the services required to make literature interoperable within biodiversity research and biodiversity informatics.” http://groups.google.com/group/taxonlit
  13. 13. Open Data Downloads Simple tab-delimited exports of core data http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/data/BHLExportSchema.pdf Data model DB schema as ERD http://bhl-bits.googlecode.com/files/20090930_BHLDataModel.pdf
  14. 14. Services Names Service Return all occurrences of a name throughout BHL digitized corpus Documentation: http://bit.ly/2e6sg9 Access to 51million name strings using TaxonFinder 1.4million unique names Working out a strategy for obscure species Algorithm improvements to detect nomenclatural & taxonomic acts OpenURL Facilitate links to citations: protologues, articles, references Documentation: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/openurlhelp.aspx Useful to Nomenclators, Reference Systems IPNI Tropicos
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. BioStor Images
  17. 17. Global data sharing requires a social infrastructure
  18. 18. Dear Sir / Madam Can i just congratulate you on an absolutely brilliant online resource. I am compiling a report on an invasive hydromedusae and could not believe the ease and efficiency of this web page which genuinely saved me weeks of my life Dear Sir / Madam Can i just congratulate you on an absolutely brilliant online resource. I am compiling a report on an invasive hydromedusae and could not believe the ease and efficiency of this web page which genuinely saved me weeks of my life What Users Say Dear Biodiversity Heritage Library: I am in awe of your work. Thank you so much. As an illustrator who scans a lot of my work, I know how very onerous the task is. Many thanks! Dear Biodiversity Heritage Library: I am in awe of your work. Thank you so much. As an illustrator who scans a lot of my work, I know how very onerous the task is. Many thanks! Just a quick line to thank you and your organisation for the foresight and generosity in allowing these works to be dowloaded. Just a quick line to thank you and your organisation for the foresight and generosity in allowing these works to be dowloaded.
  19. 19.  Specimen collections  Databases  Publications  Observations  ‘Gray’ literature  Index cards  Field notebooks Taxonomic Impediment
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. The Biodiversity Heritage Library Extensive. Open. Global.
  22. 22. Thank You Thanks to: Chris Freeland, Bianca Crowley, Suzanne Pilsk, Team BHL Global

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