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“The Gift of Time”: Impact through Open: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

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“The Gift of Time”: Impact through Open: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Bracing for Impact: Digitizing Collections to Change Lives. 2017 Smithsonian Digitization Fair. Washington. 19 October 2017.

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“The Gift of Time”: Impact through Open: The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. Martin R. Kalfatovic Twitter@UDCMRK Associate Director | Program Director Smithsonian Libraries | Biodiversity Heritage Library “The Gift of Time”: Impact through Open The Biodiversity Heritage Library Bracing for Impact: Digitizing Collections to Change Lives 2017 Smithsonian Digitization Fair 19 October 2017| Washington library.si.edu library.si.edu
  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 supercharges the speed and efficiency of scholarly research…As a free, mobile archive for natural history literature, BHL is ideal for 21st century research, which can happen on the field, in a museum, or at a coffee shop, as long as there’s internet connectivity.” Dr. Nicholas Pyenson Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  5. 5. Accelerating research efficiency for free BHL Value Proposition The Biodiversity Heritage Library makes it easier than ever to access the information you need to study and explore life on Earth…for free, anytime, anywhere.
  6. 6. 53+MILLION PAGES TITLES VOLUMES 128,000+ 213,000+ 179+MILLIONINSTANCES OF TAXONOMIC NAMES 700+IN-COPYRIGHT TITLES LICENSED FOR BHL AGREEMENTS WITH 300+ LICENSORS *Stats as of October 2017
  7. 7. 53+MILLION PAGES TITLES VOLUMES 128,000+ 213,000+ 179+MILLIONINSTANCES OF TAXONOMIC NAMES 700+IN-COPYRIGHT TITLES LICENSED FOR BHL AGREEMENTS WITH 300+ LICENSORS *Stats as of October 2017
  8. 8. 6.6+MILLION TOTAL USERS TO DATE AVERAGE MONTHLY USERS110,000+ 12.7+ MILLION TOTAL WEBSITE VISITS TO DATE AVERAGE MONTHLY VISITS190,000+ VISITS FROM 243COUNTRIES & TERRITORIES *Stats as of October 2017
  9. 9. 84,000+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA TOTAL FOLLOWERS 15,000+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS 13,100+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS 40,000+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS 5,400+ AVERAGE MONTHLY READERS(CY17) 2,100+ FOLLOW @BIODIVLIBRARY *Stats as of October 2017 TOTAL FOLLOWERS 9,250+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS 1,400+
  10. 10. 121,000+ IMAGES IN FLICKR TOTAL IMAGES TAGGED37,400+ 275+MILLION TOTAL VIEWS ON IMAGES OF TOTAL FLICKR COLLECTION TAGGED TAGGED IMAGES IN EOL 31% 18,000+ BHL FLICKR NAMED 1 OF WIRED’S 27 MUST-FOLLOW FEEDS IN THE WORLD OF SCIENCE *Stats as of October 2017. WWW.FLICKR.COM/BIODIVLIBRARY
  11. 11. BHL is a Global Consortium 19MEMBERS AS OF OCTOBER 2017 18AFFILIATES 60+ WORLDWIDE PARTNERS
  12. 12. BHL collaborates with and contributes content to a variety of partners… GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS
  13. 13. Secretariat | Smithsonian Libraries BHL GOVERNANCE PROGRAM DIRECTOR Martin R. Kalfatovic Program Manager Carolyn Sheffield Collections Manager Bianca Crowley Outreach & Communication Manager Grace Costantino
  14. 14. A Commitment to Open Access… BHL is a charter signatory of the Bouchout Declaration for Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management. Fundamental principles of the Declaration: Free & Open Use Policies to Foster Free & Open Access Persistent Identifiers Tracking Identifiers to Ensure Attribution Infrastructure, Standards & Protocols to Improve Access Linked Data Sustainable Knowledge Management Registers for Content & Services
  15. 15. CUSTOM PDF DOWNLOADS 635,000+ TO DATE ARTICLE INDEXING 237,000+ TO DATE DOI ASSIGNMENT 121,000+ TO DATE BHL offers a range of free services API & DATA EXPORTS TAXONOMIC NAME SEARCHING REFERENCE MANAGEMENT TOOLS *Stats as of October 2017
  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. “BHL is radically changing the status quo and democratizing access to knowledge about biodiversity. Now anyone in the world has instant access to the original species description in a couple of clicks.” Dr. John Sullivan Evolutionary Biologist Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Cornell University
  18. 18. “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
  19. 19. “The cultivation of natural history cannot be efficiently carried out without reference to an extensive library.” Charles Darwin, et al (1847)
  20. 20. Thank You! Martin R. Kalfatovic Twitter @ UDCMRK

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