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EABL
Expanding Access to
Biodiversity Literature
Mariah Lewis & Patrick Randall
May 26, 2016 | CBHL
Who are we?
Mariah Lewis
• Metadata Specialist
• New York Botanical
Garden
Patrick Randall
• Community Manager
• Ernst May...
"I think BHL is one of the most important and useful
resources online right now. Judging by how often I use
it, I’d say it...
EABL
Purpose: Increase access to biodiversity
material online by making BHL an on-
ramp for content providers who want to
...
Partners
DPLA
Goals
BHL
Funding
Content
Selection Requirements
• Open Access
• MARCXML
• High image quality
Selection Requirements
• Within scope
• Valid item type
• Not a duplicate DUPLICATE
S
Scope
Accepted Material Types
1. Digitized books
2. “Book-like items” such as
- Field notebooks
- Correspondence
3. Digitized vo...
BHL does NOT Accept
• Maps
• Artworks*
• Specimen images
• “Frankenbooks”
- Digital copies should be true to the original
...
Deduplication
Comparing the materials identified from the Selection
process with the existing collection as well as checki...
Choosing Material
✓ Digitize unique items that increase
the breadth and depth of the BHL
Ask yourself and your BHL colleag...
Copyright & Permissions
Copyright & Permissions
Copyright & Permissions
Copyright Renewal
Database (Stanford)
DUE DILIGENCE
Catalog of
Copyright Entries
(UPenn)
U.S. Copy...
Copyright & Permissions
Copyright & Permissions
Digitization
Digital Imaging Standards
• Accepted image types
– TIFFs
– JPEG2000s
– High quality PDF files
•Maximum size of 256MB per f...
PDF Requirements
• High quality PDFS
• 300 ppi or higher
• Macaw separates each page within a
PDF into an individual image...
Scanning Options
• In-house Scanning
• Internet Archive (IA) Scanning
• Other Scanning Facility Scanning
In-house scanning
• Your Preferred Digitization Hardware
– You enter the item and page level metadata
via BHL’s homegrown ...
IA Scanning Process
• Scanning Process Video
– https://archive.org/details/InternetArchive-Tour
• Foot pedal
• Non-destruc...
IA Scanning Deliverables
IA Scanning Deliverables
Other Scanning Facility
• Use Macaw if not already in the
Internet Archive
• Auto-Ingest from Internet Archive
– MARCXML
–...
“BHL is an awesomely useful resource! It’s very
helpful to have the BHL when I’m traveling away from
‘home base.’ No need ...
Metadata
Requirements
MARC & MARCXML
Requirements
Macaw
• What is Macaw?
– Software platform to help partners send images and
metadata into Internet Archive for harvest int...
Macaw
Books- Display
Book Metadata
Journal- Display
Journal Metadata
Item vs. Page Metadata
Item vs. Page Metadata
•Minimum page level metadata
usually assigned by digitization
vendor
•Fields captured:
–page_prefix...
Curation
Curation- Editing Items
Performing cataloging and metadata corrections, identifying and correcting
poor quality image scan...
Good Curation
Bad Curation
Benefits of
Participation
Increased Visibility
Social Media
Blog:
blog.biodiversitylibrary.org
Twitter:
twitter.com/BioDivLibrary
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/BioDivLibrar...
Social Media
>30,000Across our social media
channels, we have a combined
following of people
>2.4 MillionOn average, each ...
Social Media
All outreach content includes links back to
BHL resources.
30,000+Unique Visitors to BHL from social
media Au...
Training
• Digitization
• Metadata creation
• Metadata reformatting
• Uploading to BHL
• Content curation
Membership
Members
● American Museum of Natural History
● BHL Australia
● CONABIO
● Cornell University Library
● Field Mus...
How to Get
Involved
Contact Us
Patrick Randall, Community Manager
patrickrandall@fas.harvard.edu
or
Susan Fraser, Principal Investigator
sfras...
Questions?
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This presentation was first given at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries in Cleveland, Ohio by Mariah Lewis and Patrick Randall.
The Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature project is thanks to the generosity of one of the IMLS Leadership Grant. The project is dedicated to getting more content into the Biodiversity Heritage Library and will significantly increase online access to biodiversity material by positioning BHL as an on-ramp for biodiversity content providers that would like to contribute to the national digital library infrastructure through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The grant proposes to address challenges facing content providers—including insufficient amounts of content, indexing of scientific names, and metadata creation—and make necessary digital infrastructure enhancements by creating an innovative model for open access to data and to support collaboration among these institutions. If you are interested in gaining more information about the project please let us know.

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Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries 2016 Presentation

  1. 1. EABL Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature Mariah Lewis & Patrick Randall May 26, 2016 | CBHL
  2. 2. Who are we? Mariah Lewis • Metadata Specialist • New York Botanical Garden Patrick Randall • Community Manager • Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology Harvard University
  3. 3. "I think BHL is one of the most important and useful resources online right now. Judging by how often I use it, I’d say it has an impact on my research commensurate with that of Google Scholar or Web of Science.” Andrew D., Herpetologist
  4. 4. EABL Purpose: Increase access to biodiversity material online by making BHL an on- ramp for content providers who want to contribute to DPLA
  5. 5. Partners
  6. 6. DPLA
  7. 7. Goals BHL
  8. 8. Funding
  9. 9. Content
  10. 10. Selection Requirements • Open Access • MARCXML • High image quality
  11. 11. Selection Requirements • Within scope • Valid item type • Not a duplicate DUPLICATE S
  12. 12. Scope
  13. 13. Accepted Material Types 1. Digitized books 2. “Book-like items” such as - Field notebooks - Correspondence 3. Digitized volumes/issues of a journal 4. Articles 5. Born digital material Digitization for BHL means…
  14. 14. BHL does NOT Accept • Maps • Artworks* • Specimen images • “Frankenbooks” - Digital copies should be true to the original - Do NOT cut/paste pages from various physical copies to create a digital version * Under consideration for the future
  15. 15. Deduplication Comparing the materials identified from the Selection process with the existing collection as well as checking against in progress items being digitized. Is it already available in the collection? Is the digitization of this item already in progress? Q Q Search BHL website. Search BHL Issue Tracker (“Gemini”).A A
  16. 16. Choosing Material ✓ Digitize unique items that increase the breadth and depth of the BHL Ask yourself and your BHL colleagues: Does this item bring unique value to the BHL collection? Would adding this item to BHL improve the quality of the collection for users?
  17. 17. Copyright & Permissions
  18. 18. Copyright & Permissions
  19. 19. Copyright & Permissions Copyright Renewal Database (Stanford) DUE DILIGENCE Catalog of Copyright Entries (UPenn) U.S. Copyright Office
  20. 20. Copyright & Permissions
  21. 21. Copyright & Permissions
  22. 22. Digitization
  23. 23. Digital Imaging Standards • Accepted image types – TIFFs – JPEG2000s – High quality PDF files •Maximum size of 256MB per file •Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative
  24. 24. PDF Requirements • High quality PDFS • 300 ppi or higher • Macaw separates each page within a PDF into an individual image file • Compression will happen • Born Digital Items
  25. 25. Scanning Options • In-house Scanning • Internet Archive (IA) Scanning • Other Scanning Facility Scanning
  26. 26. In-house scanning • Your Preferred Digitization Hardware – You enter the item and page level metadata via BHL’s homegrown software •Internet Archive Scribe – https://archive.org/details/tabletopscribesystem – Can be pricey to buy hardware
  27. 27. IA Scanning Process • Scanning Process Video – https://archive.org/details/InternetArchive-Tour • Foot pedal • Non-destructive, cushioned glass platen with shock absorption • LED lighting • All images shot in color • Structural metadata added during scanning
  28. 28. IA Scanning Deliverables
  29. 29. IA Scanning Deliverables
  30. 30. Other Scanning Facility • Use Macaw if not already in the Internet Archive • Auto-Ingest from Internet Archive – MARCXML – Keywords • BHL/Expanding Access Collection in Internet Archive
  31. 31. “BHL is an awesomely useful resource! It’s very helpful to have the BHL when I’m traveling away from ‘home base.’ No need to carry around a rare 120 year old book if you can just open a scanned file of it on your computer.” Dr. Christopher M., Invertebrate Zoologist
  32. 32. Metadata
  33. 33. Requirements
  34. 34. MARC & MARCXML
  35. 35. Requirements
  36. 36. Macaw • What is Macaw? – Software platform to help partners send images and metadata into Internet Archive for harvest into BHL. – Works best in Chrome browser. – Steps: 1. Preparation for Macaw 2. Create Item Metadata 3. Upload Item Images 4. Enter Page Metadata 5. Review for Quality Control 6. Export to Internet Archive
  37. 37. Macaw
  38. 38. Books- Display
  39. 39. Book Metadata
  40. 40. Journal- Display
  41. 41. Journal Metadata
  42. 42. Item vs. Page Metadata
  43. 43. Item vs. Page Metadata •Minimum page level metadata usually assigned by digitization vendor •Fields captured: –page_prefix –page_number –page_number_implicit –page_type –page_side –year –volume (if applicable) –piece (if applicable)
  44. 44. Curation
  45. 45. Curation- Editing Items Performing cataloging and metadata corrections, identifying and correcting poor quality image scans or missing pages, identifying gaps in collection holdings, and other tasks that improve the overall quality and discoverability of the collection. Via the “Admin Dash”
  46. 46. Good Curation
  47. 47. Bad Curation
  48. 48. Benefits of Participation
  49. 49. Increased Visibility
  50. 50. Social Media Blog: blog.biodiversitylibrary.org Twitter: twitter.com/BioDivLibrary Facebook: www.facebook.com/BioDivLibrary Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/biodivlibrary/ Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/sets
  51. 51. Social Media >30,000Across our social media channels, we have a combined following of people >2.4 MillionOn average, each month on social media we reach people >3.5 MillionOn average, each month our content on social media is seen times
  52. 52. Social Media All outreach content includes links back to BHL resources. 30,000+Unique Visitors to BHL from social media August 2014-August 2015 Top Referrers: 19,900+ Visitors to BHL August 2014-2015 7,400+ Visitors to BHL August 2014-2015 10,400+ Visitors to BHL August 2014-2015 (61% of these were new users that had never visited BHL before!)
  53. 53. Training • Digitization • Metadata creation • Metadata reformatting • Uploading to BHL • Content curation
  54. 54. Membership Members ● American Museum of Natural History ● BHL Australia ● CONABIO ● Cornell University Library ● Field Museum of Natural History ● Harvard University Botany Libraries ● Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University ● Library of Congress ● New York Botanical Garden ● Missouri Botanical Garden ● National Library Board, Singapore ● Natural History Museum, London ● Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ● Smithsonian Libraries Affiliates ● Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University ● BHL Africa ● California Academy of Sciences ● Chicago Botanic Garden ● Internet Archive ● Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ● Natural History Museum, LA County ● Naturalis Biodiversity Center ● Smithsonian Institution Archives ● U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agriculture Library ● Washington University Libraries
  55. 55. How to Get Involved
  56. 56. Contact Us Patrick Randall, Community Manager patrickrandall@fas.harvard.edu or Susan Fraser, Principal Investigator sfraser@nybg.org
  57. 57. Questions?

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