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Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): A Global Resource for Open Access Scientific Literature

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25 July 2011, International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia

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Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): A Global Resource for Open Access Scientific Literature

  1. 1. Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): A Global Resource for Open Access Scientific Literature Chris Freeland Director, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden Technical Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library #bhlib http://biodiversitylibrary.org @chrisfreeland @ BioDivLibrary
  2. 2. Biodiversity Heritage Library… <ul><li>is an international consortium of the world’s leading natural history libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>scans, stores & serves books, journals & other materials from partners’ holdings. </li></ul><ul><li>works with publishers and other rights-holders to obtain permission for digitizing & aggregating in-copyright materials. </li></ul><ul><li>makes its data available for free via open access principles: </li></ul>http://biodiversitylibrary.org
  3. 3. http://biodiversitylibrary.org
  4. 4. BHL Stats <ul><li>> 34.5 million pages </li></ul><ul><li>> 92,000 volumes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avg 1.25” spine width </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1.8mi / 2.9km of shelving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and growing daily </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Usage </li></ul><ul><li>~ 4 million page views a year </li></ul><ul><li>400,000 unique visitors a year </li></ul>
  5. 5. Biodiversity Heritage Library: A Global Partnership
  6. 6. http://bhl.ala.org.au/
  7. 7. http://bhl.ala.org.au/
  8. 9. Global BHL Meeting 22-24 Sep 2010, Woods Hole
  9. 10. Preservation of digital resources <ul><li>Need heterogeneity & diversity to ensure long-term, sustained access. Accomplish this by managing digital resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Across multiple geographic locations </li></ul><ul><li>Under multiple administrations </li></ul><ul><li>With different technologies </li></ul>Want a meadow… …not a monoculture.
  10. 11. Global BHL Replication & Serving San Francisco Woods Hole London Alexandria Beijing Replicated Data Center Portal Application
  11. 12. IBC18: Electronic publication <ul><li>Right on! </li></ul><ul><li>So…now what? </li></ul><ul><li>Whose challenge is it to solve? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publishers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BHL doesn’t have all the answers, but collectively we have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience & guidance to share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems & infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global partnerships </li></ul></ul>All of us, together
  12. 13. Life & Literature Conference <ul><li>14-15 Nov 2011, Chicago, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing together librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers,  students, and other stakeholders to set the agenda for biodiversity literature digitizing and its networked environment for the next five years. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active plenary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Code challenge </li></ul></ul>Registration & more info: http://www.lifeandliterature.org @life_lit
  13. 14. Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): A Global Resource for Open Access Scientific Literature Chris Freeland Director, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden Technical Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library #bhlib http://biodiversitylibrary.org DISCUSSION @chrisfreeland @ BioDivLibrary

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