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Connecting Content:  The Field Book Project at the Smithsonian and at theCalifornia Academy of Sciences    Carolyn Sheffie...
Two Projects    Field Book Project             Connecting Content• Led by PIs Rusty Russell     • Led by PI Becky Morin an...
Examples of field books
Examples of field books?
And this.
Related projects
Related Cataloging Practices                            MARC                            15.4%              No answer      ...
Information Needs•   Geographical location – 67%•   Environment and habitat descriptions – 41%•   Species information – 33...
Existing Standards• Collection Level: Natural Collections  Description (NCD)• Item level: Metadata Object Description  Sch...
Metadata!          EAC Organization                              NCD CollectionOrgId: EACO9                               ...
Field Books Cataloged to Date• Item Records: 5,220• Collection Records: 450• EAC (Authority) Records: 792
How will we bring them together?
Connecting Content        13
Two Separate Projects
Partners
Pilot ProjectsDigitization focusing on field books and specimens                         &                                ...
Present Content in an Open   Harvestable Manner                             17
Encyclopedia of Lifehttp://www.eol.org/                 18
JSTOR Plant Science
Smithsonian Field Book RegistryPartners will Contribute Natural Collections Description (NCD)                     records ...
Biodiversity Heritage Library                                21
Challenge: Making the Connections    Ambiguity often exists between field notes and         individual specimens and objec...
Results: Data Mashups                             23http://afg.biodiversity.aq
Next Steps              for Both Projects• Testing, iterating, streamlining the Field Book  Registry• EAC records for auto...
Acknowledgments• Connecting Content, California Academy of  Sciences Library for contributing beautiful  slides• Project t...
Connecting ContentWebsite: http://research.calacademy.org/library/fieldnotesBlog: http://www.calacademy.org/blogs/connecti...
Field Book ProjectWebsite:http://mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/Blog:http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/Flickr:http://tinyurl.co...
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Field Book Project CBHL 2012

  1. 1. Connecting Content: The Field Book Project at the Smithsonian and at theCalifornia Academy of Sciences Carolyn Sheffield, Project Manager Field Book Project, Smithsonian
  2. 2. Two Projects Field Book Project Connecting Content• Led by PIs Rusty Russell • Led by PI Becky Morin and and Anne Van Camp initiated with former co-PI• Improve access to Danielle Castronovo biodiversity field books • Enable links between field• Cataloging, conserving, di books, specimens, and gitizing published literature
  3. 3. Examples of field books
  4. 4. Examples of field books?
  5. 5. And this.
  6. 6. Related projects
  7. 7. Related Cataloging Practices MARC 15.4% No answer Dublin Core 33.3% 10.3% EAD 12.8% Specify Local 2.6% Schema ICMS 17.9% 7.7%
  8. 8. Information Needs• Geographical location – 67%• Environment and habitat descriptions – 41%• Species information – 33%• Narrative or historical information – 15%
  9. 9. Existing Standards• Collection Level: Natural Collections Description (NCD)• Item level: Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS)• Archival Authority Control: Encoded Archival Context (EAC)
  10. 10. Metadata! EAC Organization NCD CollectionOrgId: EACO9 CollectionId: NCDC78Name: Smithsonian Institution, Title: Frederick Coville,National Museum of Natural History, field books, 1890-1924Department of Botany Owner: EACO9 Creator: EACP173 Description: The collection consists of EAC Person Covilles field notes from botanical collecting and observation efforts in …PersonId: EACP173Name: Coville, Frederick(Frederick Vernon), 1867-1937Dates: 1867-1937 MODS ItemBiographical history: Frederick Vernon MODSid: MODSI1281Coville, botanist and blueberry Collection: NCDC78breeder, was born in New York and Title: Field notes, Death Valleyeducated… Expedition, 1891 Dates: 1891.05.10-1891.07.30EAC Expedition Creator: EACP173ExpId: EACE0017 Expedition: EACE 0017Name: Death Valley Expedition Abstract: This item contains narrativeDates: 1890-1891 notes and lists of botanical specimensDescription: The Death Valley Expedition collected or observed during Covilleswas the first biological survey to … research in Death Valley . …
  11. 11. Field Books Cataloged to Date• Item Records: 5,220• Collection Records: 450• EAC (Authority) Records: 792
  12. 12. How will we bring them together?
  13. 13. Connecting Content 13
  14. 14. Two Separate Projects
  15. 15. Partners
  16. 16. Pilot ProjectsDigitization focusing on field books and specimens & 16
  17. 17. Present Content in an Open Harvestable Manner 17
  18. 18. Encyclopedia of Lifehttp://www.eol.org/ 18
  19. 19. JSTOR Plant Science
  20. 20. Smithsonian Field Book RegistryPartners will Contribute Natural Collections Description (NCD) records for field notes 20
  21. 21. Biodiversity Heritage Library 21
  22. 22. Challenge: Making the Connections Ambiguity often exists between field notes and individual specimens and objects 22
  23. 23. Results: Data Mashups 23http://afg.biodiversity.aq
  24. 24. Next Steps for Both Projects• Testing, iterating, streamlining the Field Book Registry• EAC records for automated linking• Acquiring new partners and content in all aforementioned resources• Crowd sourcing field note transcriptions and text processing of taxonomic names• Pilot project mash-ups made public and encourage others to create their own mashups
  25. 25. Acknowledgments• Connecting Content, California Academy of Sciences Library for contributing beautiful slides• Project teams and partners on Connecting Content and Field Book Project
  26. 26. Connecting ContentWebsite: http://research.calacademy.org/library/fieldnotesBlog: http://www.calacademy.org/blogs/connecting_content/Primary Contact: Project Manager Yolanda Bustos ybustos@calacademy.org 26
  27. 27. Field Book ProjectWebsite:http://mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/Blog:http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/Flickr:http://tinyurl.com/fbpflickr Contact: Carolyn Sheffield, sheffieldc@si.edu
  28. 28. Thank you

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