Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Overview of the BHL for an audience at Open Repositories 2014

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Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. Biodiversity Heritage Library: a global open repository Many thanks to Trish-Rose Sandler, Martin Kalfatovic, William Ulate & all of our many BHL colleagues Jane Smith, Natural History Museum, London & Constance Rinaldo, Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Open Repositories 2014
  2. 2. What is the Biodiversity Heritage Library? Internet Archive • Extensive • Open • Global • Linked
  3. 3. • Scientific descriptions of animals, plants, nature in general (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=Libraries, Technology & Science
  4. 4. Firewall Images (JP2, PDF) Coordinate-based OCR XML metadata BHL ArchBHL Aitecture: Windoeat BHL Database Internet Archive Storage Logic APIs UI Data Export Access Data transform Utilities Geocoding Namefinding BHL Architecture Access Logic Storage
  5. 5. Who is the BHL? • BHL Central: newest members are Washington University, University of Illinois & National Library of Singapore • BHL Global: Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Europe, Singapore
  6. 6. Biodiversity Heritage Library • Where is the data? • How big is BHL?
  7. 7. • Public Domain • Publisher Agreements •US Titles: 249 •UK Titles: 69 –TOTAL TITLES: 318 •US Licensors: 92 •UK Licensors: 41 –TOTAL LICENSORS: 133
  8. 8. BHL & Social Tools
  9. 9. Grants • 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
  10. 10. BHL Flickr
  11. 11. http://mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu/guid/MCZ:Bird:230252 Connecting Content
  12. 12. Questions?Extensive Open Global Linked
  13. 13. Links of interest • Biodiversity Heritage Library – http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ – http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org/ – http://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/sets/ • Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/ • Taxonomic Impediment: http://goo.gl/IDnULd • Connie Rinaldo: crinaldo@oeb.harvard.edu • Jane Smith: Jane.Smith@nhm.ac.uk

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