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2015 LIBER rinaldo&smith 25-06-15 (3)

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presentation with Jane Smith at LIBER 2015, London

More than the Sum of its Parts: Biodiversity Heritage Library

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2015 LIBER rinaldo&smith 25-06-15 (3)

  1. 1. MORE THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS: THE BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY Connie Rinaldo & Jane Smith + + =?
  2. 2. “The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library” Charles Darwin, et al (1847) The Wherefore of BHL
  3. 3. What is BHL? • “The BHL works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world” • Biodiversity and its literature is global – Repatriation – Accessibility of local information • Global talent, resources & content • Collaborations on funding & technological advancements • Developing standards
  4. 4. Por se global? • Biodiversity is global • The literature is global – Repatriation – Accessibility of local information • “The BHL works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world” • Leverage global talent, resources & content • Collaborations on funding & technological advancements • Developing standards
  5. 5. • Scientific descriptions of animals, insects, plants, (Taxonomic literature) • Type in a taxon name and find all detected occurrences in the text corpus. • Systematic biology is easier for scientists—the taxonomic impediment is resolved. BHL=Open + Linked +Libraries, Technology & Science
  6. 6. Specimen collections Databases Publications Observations ‘Gray’ literature Index cards Field notebooks Taxonomic Impediment
  7. 7. Supporting open science research Science Gossip Collaboration between Zooniverse, University of Oxford (AHRC funding – Constructing Scientific Communities), Missouri Botanical Gardens, BHL Ryan Schenk, Synonyms
  8. 8. http://mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu/guid/MCZ:Bird:230252 Connecting Content
  9. 9. Use “Why use Google when you have BHL” (Dr. Matthew von Konrat, Head of Botanical Collections, Field Museum) “The Biodiversity Heritage Library is the richest, fully open resource for original species descriptions.” (@dpsSpiders, Biodiversity Informatics Manager Comment on announcement November 2014 – BHL milestone 45 million pages+ online J just to follow up - I have just come back from Brazil and I cannot tell you how important BHL is in changing the way people do taxonomy, especially in the so-called developing world; combined with Global Plants it makes it a totally different world to the one I began my career in!! The playing field levelled..... congratulations.... Sandy
  10. 10. Facebook Page Likes: 11449 BHL Social Media 2015 Twitter @ BioDivLibrary Total Followers: 6597 Blog Total Visits: 10,407 Flickr 97,754 images
  11. 11. • US/UK (#1 & #2): 385,684/99,629 • Germany (#3): 93,161 • Brazil (#5): 73,224 • France, Australia (# 7), Canada, Italy, Spain, Mexico (#11), Japan, Netherlands, Russia, China (#15), South Africa (#26), Czech Republic (#24), Singapore (#38) • Total Annual Use: 1,565,405
  12. 12. 8518 (#4) 46,985 10,635 Google Analytics: Most recent month accesses by country. (225 countries total) 5852 (#7) 1165 430 744 4965 2450
  13. 13. Collaborations Internet Archive • Extensive • Open • Global • Linked
  14. 14. Challenges • Sustainability – Mixed funding model • Virtual Organization • Collaboration – Communication: language, culture • Content aggregation By working towards the same goal: Open access to biodiversity literature for the world; we achieve more even though there are challenges.
  15. 15. 1 PM Noon 5 PM How we work: Communication challenges 2 AM + 1 day 6 PM 6 PM 12 AM +1 day 11 AM 12 AM + 1 day 6 pm 9 AM
  16. 16. • Public Domain • Publisher Agreements • US Titles: 249 • UK Titles: 70 – TOTAL TITLES: 318 • US Licensors: 92 • UK Licensors: 41 – TOTAL LICENSORS: 134
  17. 17. Scale and Problems of Mass Digitization of Library Materials
  18. 18. Funding • MacArthur & Sloane grants via EOL • Membership dues • Connecting Content: A Collaboration to Link Field Notes & Published Literature • The Art of Life: Data Mining & Crowdsourcing the Identification & Description of Natural History Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library • Purposeful Gaming & BHL: engaging the public in improving & enhancing access to digital texts • Digging into Data: Mining Biodiversity Project
  19. 19. Links BHL website: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ BHL Blog: http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org/ BHL content on Flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/sets/ Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/ Speaker contacts: Connie Rinaldo: crinaldo@oeb.harvard.edu Jane Smith: Jane.Smith@nhm.ac.uk
  20. 20. ? Watch this! https://youtu.be/wFWHA8nlj1Mlist=FLWw_N9aXGoFzuEAH H8LP_ng

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