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BHL UpdateJuly 29, 2014
Highlights
Membership
Major Projects
Art of Life
New Grants
Field Book Project
BHL Growth
EOL Collaboration
Topics
Highlights
Bouchout Declaration
 Became a charter signatory of the Bouchout Declaration
for Open Biodiversity Management
 Signatori...
 New BHL affiliates
 LA County Natural History Museum
 Chicago Botanical Garden
 BHL Europe now under umbrella of CETA...
Art of Life -- NEH
Purposeful Gaming -- IMLS
Mining Biodiversity – Digging into Data
Global Names Project – NSF – comp...
Millions of natural history illustrations
Very few have metadata that describe their content or
where they are in the bo...
Only pretty
pictures
Still too manual
Many illustra-
tions not included
BHL and Flickr—90,000
images
o Full title - The Art of Life: Data Mining and Crowdsourcing
the Identification and Description of Natural History
Illust...
How to identify
illustrations?
Algorithms to automate the identification of
illustrations tested
Picture blocks (87-88% e...
Macaw interface for classifying pages identified
by algorithms
Flickr
Wikimedia
Commons
Crowdsourcing description of
illustrations
 Running algorithms across BHL corpus
1.5 million pages processed; 300,000 pages with
images;
Estimate will be 15% of c...
 9 Smithsonian field notebooks added to BHL
Diaries of David Crockett Graham
Photo albums from Harriman Alaska
Expediti...
BHL Growth
44,139,661 pages scanned
140,487 items in BHL
TOTAL NAMES IN BHL:
155,012,967
TOTAL PERMISSIONS
AGREEMENTS:...
 BHL Pages linking to EOL species
pages: 16,496,376 (37% increase)
EOL Species pages linking to BHL
articles: 1,177,510 ...
 Richard Naples, SIL
Martin Kalfatovic, SIL
Trish Rose-Sandler, Mo Botanical
Connie Rinaldo, MCZ Harvard
EOL Staff an...
QUESTIONS?
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BHL Update at the Encyclopedia of Life Executive Committee Meeting 2014

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An update on Biodiversity Heritage Library activities from Nancy Gwinn, given at the EOL Executive Committee Meeting in July, 2014.

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BHL Update at the Encyclopedia of Life Executive Committee Meeting 2014

  1. 1. BHL UpdateJuly 29, 2014
  2. 2. Highlights Membership Major Projects Art of Life New Grants Field Book Project BHL Growth EOL Collaboration Topics
  3. 3. Highlights
  4. 4. Bouchout Declaration  Became a charter signatory of the Bouchout Declaration for Open Biodiversity Management  Signatories “promote free and open access to data and information about biodiversity by people and computers and to bring about an inclusive and shared knowledge management and infrastructure that will our society to respond more effectively to challenges of the present and future.”
  5. 5.  New BHL affiliates  LA County Natural History Museum  Chicago Botanical Garden  BHL Europe now under umbrella of CETAF (Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities)  BHL Africa  U. of Pretoria installed IA Scribe machine – now digitizing  NHM Kenya installing Macaw software on current equipment  BHL Singapore attending all meetings, purchased new digital equipment Member Highlights
  6. 6. Art of Life -- NEH Purposeful Gaming -- IMLS Mining Biodiversity – Digging into Data Global Names Project – NSF – completed  Provided means for accommodating and searching articles  Made possible to include references to third-party systems Major Projects
  7. 7. Millions of natural history illustrations Very few have metadata that describe their content or where they are in the book Image Searching Challenges in BHL
  8. 8. Only pretty pictures Still too manual Many illustra- tions not included BHL and Flickr—90,000 images
  9. 9. o Full title - The Art of Life: Data Mining and Crowdsourcing the Identification and Description of Natural History Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) o Grant given to Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis MO USA o Funded by National Endowment for the Humanities o Runs May 2012-April 2015 Art of Life?
  10. 10. How to identify illustrations? Algorithms to automate the identification of illustrations tested Picture blocks (87-88% effective) Contrast (87-88% effective) Color (ineffective) Compression (ineffective)
  11. 11. Macaw interface for classifying pages identified by algorithms
  12. 12. Flickr Wikimedia Commons Crowdsourcing description of illustrations
  13. 13.  Running algorithms across BHL corpus 1.5 million pages processed; 300,000 pages with images; Estimate will be 15% of corpus--pages with images  Classifying results – 78,000 pages so far  Testing bulk upload to Wikimedia Commons  Testing extraction of metadata from tool  BHL architecture modified and ready to store and preserve newly created metadata  Schema to be made public  Algorithms & tools on github Art of Life Status
  14. 14.  9 Smithsonian field notebooks added to BHL Diaries of David Crockett Graham Photo albums from Harriman Alaska Expedition, 1899  62 other field notes in BHL Field Book Project
  15. 15. BHL Growth 44,139,661 pages scanned 140,487 items in BHL TOTAL NAMES IN BHL: 155,012,967 TOTAL PERMISSIONS AGREEMENTS: 357
  16. 16.  BHL Pages linking to EOL species pages: 16,496,376 (37% increase) EOL Species pages linking to BHL articles: 1,177,510 (28% increase) Total names in BHL: 155,012,967 EOL Collaboration
  17. 17.  Richard Naples, SIL Martin Kalfatovic, SIL Trish Rose-Sandler, Mo Botanical Connie Rinaldo, MCZ Harvard EOL Staff and Executive Committee Thank yous
  18. 18. QUESTIONS?

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