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Building a large digital libraryand interacting with the World                      the         Biodiversity Heritage Libr...
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Behind every stack of books is a flood of knowledgeArtist: Jacek Yerka
Biodiversity Heritage Library                                                       Library and Laboratory: the           ...
GEMINIcrowd sourced issue resolutionEarly on in this project we realized that the sheervolume of what we were doing was op...
…additionally, through this Gemini toolBHL librarian Grace Costantino has said:“Harnessing the energy of our users andallo...
There are other ways our “full service”digital library harnesses the power ofthe library consumers to:•grow•fill in gaps•c...
“It is also difficult to determine whatresults you would get after the eventand what even qualifies as a goodresult versus...
Staff weekly create two regulartypes of posts on the BHLFacebook page. The firstis daily quizzes, which posequestions abou...
Facebook Statistics Q1, 2012:People Interacting with Page:1,789Interactions: 2,438New Page Likes: 449Total Page Likes: 2,1...
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Summary of Shark Week Results:Facebook:We saw a 46% increase in traffic to our website originating fromFacebook during the...
We are also work to increase our presence as ascientific and cultural resource on Wikipedia througha National Endowment fo...
BHL and Purposeful GamingPagination                                                                                       ...
Thanks to the Diane Rielinger, MBLWHOI Library co-Director;Biodiversity Heritage Library Staff; MBLWHOI Library Staff; and...
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL
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Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL

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This talk was given at the 9th Digital History and Philosophy of Science Workshop held at Cambridge University, England from 5-8 September 2012. The talk was part of the portion of the Workshop sponsored by CRASSH - Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities of Cambridge University: "
If you build it, will they come? Mobilising online communities for research", held September 6, 2012

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Building a large digital library and interacting with the World: BHL

  1. 1. Building a large digital libraryand interacting with the World the Biodiversity Heritage Library Founded in 2006 Matthew Person MBLWHOI Library, Biodiversity Heritage Library, ASU/MBL HPS Program
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  3. 3. Behind every stack of books is a flood of knowledgeArtist: Jacek Yerka
  4. 4. Biodiversity Heritage Library Library and Laboratory: the Marriage of Research, Data and Taxonomic Literature London, February 2005 Eighty participants from 22 countries gathered to discuss the status and future of access to the taxonomic literature and to propose an agenda for actions that would improve the research environment for taxonomy. The participants were biologists; librarians; conservation workers; publishers; representatives of learned and professional societies, private foundations and government agencies; and specialists in informationProgne subis- Purple Martin technology.Illustrations of the nest and eggs of birds of Ohio,1879-1886
  5. 5. GEMINIcrowd sourced issue resolutionEarly on in this project we realized that the sheervolume of what we were doing was opening up theprobability that somewhere during the scanningworkflow errors would occur which requiredcorrecting. Everything from fingers in a scan imageto pages which had not been scanned, and gapsof all sorts. Even a comprehensive quality controlproject did not mean that all of these errors wouldbe caught. Gemini is an open source issueresolution tool.
  6. 6. …additionally, through this Gemini toolBHL librarian Grace Costantino has said:“Harnessing the energy of our users andallowing them to do the prioritization work forus …(through clicking on a feedback button)…has been a key element to our success. Byresponding individually to each user regardingtheir feedback, we also make them feelinvolved and invested in our project…Scanning based on user requests ensures thatour limited funds are spent on titles mostuseful to our user community.”
  7. 7. There are other ways our “full service”digital library harnesses the power ofthe library consumers to:•grow•fill in gaps•correct errors•assist in research•harness social media for the above
  8. 8. “It is also difficult to determine whatresults you would get after the eventand what even qualifies as a goodresult versus a poor one. How manyimages and article edits makes it allworth the time it takes to plan a hold anevent such as these? Who’s to say?The quality of the data is alsosomething to think about. Do citizenscientists provide the same quality ofdata as trained scientists? Again, hardto quantify.” –BHL librarian Gilbert Borrego
  9. 9. Staff weekly create two regulartypes of posts on the BHLFacebook page. The firstis daily quizzes, which posequestions about biodiversity forusers to answer.The second is biodiversity newsupdates, which are postshighlightingnews stories relevant to thebiodiversity realm. Wheneverpossible, staff linkall posts back to BHL content.
  10. 10. Facebook Statistics Q1, 2012:People Interacting with Page:1,789Interactions: 2,438New Page Likes: 449Total Page Likes: 2,111Page Unlikes: 30Engaged Users: 4,948Reach of Posts: 77,114
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  12. 12. Summary of Shark Week Results:Facebook:We saw a 46% increase in traffic to our website originating fromFacebook during the Shark Week campaign as compared with theprevious two months’ average traffic from Facebook.Twitter:We saw a 125% increase in traffic to our website originating fromTwitter during the Shark Week campaign as compared with theprevious two months’ average traffic from Twitter.Flickr:We saw a 50% increase in traffic to our website originating fromFlickr during the Shark Week campaign as compared with theprevious two months’ average traffic from Flickr.
  13. 13. We are also work to increase our presence as ascientific and cultural resource on Wikipedia througha National Endowment for the Humanities grantcalled the Art of LIfe Project: which is developingSchema for sharing BHL image metadata.We are also studying Wiki Source, which is a tool thatwould allow uploading of and crowd sourcing of OCRtext correction.We have also built bibliographies of titles which havebecome collections on iTunes UniversityNone of this is flippant; it all revolves around thecollections we have scanned into the BHL, estimatedto be about 33% of the total pre-1923 texts and 7%total core biodiversity taxonomic literature.
  14. 14. BHL and Purposeful GamingPagination Image taggingSource: Holland, W.J. The butterfly book; a popular guide to a knowledge of thebutterflies of North America. Garden City, NY Doubleday, Page & Company, 1922 Source: Baker, Samuel White, Sir. Wild beasts and their ways London,Macmillan and co.,1890.
  15. 15. Thanks to the Diane Rielinger, MBLWHOI Library co-Director;Biodiversity Heritage Library Staff; MBLWHOI Library Staff; and theASU-MBL History and Philosophy of Science Program

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