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Biodiversity Heritage Library for Boston Library Consortium


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Biodiversity Heritage Library for Boston Library Consortium

  1. 1. BHL: Purposeful Technology “We get to use emerging technology, not just play around with it.” Chris Freeland Technical Director, BHL Director of Bioinformatics, Missouri Botanical Garden
  2. 2. Goals of BHL <ul><li>Unlock collections </li></ul><ul><li>Connect scientists with literature </li></ul><ul><li>Connect literature with users </li></ul><ul><li>Connect users with other users </li></ul><ul><li>Inspire </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ingest of Materials <ul><li>From Internet Archive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom process, documented on BHL portal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From Botanicus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Precursor to BHL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MOBOT’s inhouse end-to-end digital library application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From Others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MARCXML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Folder of sequentially named files </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Parsed Subject Headings/Tag Cloud Subject Heading from library catalog Expressed as MARCXML Tag Cloud
  5. 5. Google Maps API
  6. 6. Raw Image Converted to text via OCR Name finding via TaxonFinder Extract names Submit to NameBank SOAP response Name Finding in action with Taxonomic Intelligence…
  7. 7. JPEG2000 (*.jp2) display <ul><li>RAW or TIF original => 85% .jp2 </li></ul><ul><li>LuraTech or Kakadu encoder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wavelet compression </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LizardTech decoder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tiled on the fly, cached for performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GSIV browser-based client viewer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ AJAXian’ </li></ul></ul>
  8. 37. Provider Integration <ul><li>Encyclopedia of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Atrium Andes Biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>More to come… </li></ul>