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  • Why free to all is important: interdis. And geograph of biodiversity
  • Ubio and Taxonfinder before this ~ programmers with them in mind
  • Teaching BHL

    1. 1. The Biodiversity Heritage Library California Academy of Sciences Phoebe Buguey & Becky Morin May 7 th , 2010
    2. 2. <ul><li>Digitization effort of 12 major natural history repositories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Serve and preserve the legacy literature (pre-1923) of biodiversity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abides by copyright laws and respects intellectual and creative property </li></ul><ul><li>Particular relevance to systematic biology, which tends to rely on historic literature </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ </li></ul>Defining BHL
    3. 3. Funding Sources <ul><li>Encyclopedia of Life grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Additional grants have been received from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Richard Lounsbery Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generous support from members’ parent institutions </li></ul>
    4. 4. Participating Repositories <ul><li>American Museum of Natural History (New York) </li></ul><ul><li>Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia </li></ul><ul><li>California Academy of Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Field Museum (Chicago) </li></ul><ul><li>Natural History Museum (London) </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Washington) </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri Botanical Gardens (St. Louis) </li></ul><ul><li>New York Botanical Gardens (New York) </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Botanic Garden, Kew </li></ul><ul><li>Botany Libraries, Harvard University </li></ul><ul><li>Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University </li></ul><ul><li>Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute </li></ul>
    5. 5. Encyclopedia of Life <ul><li>Partnership between the scientific community and the general public </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal: Make knowledge about the world’s organisms freely available to all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone can add text, images, videos, comments or tags </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expert curators ensure quality by authenticating materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.eol.org/ </li></ul>
    6. 6. EOL Species Page http://www.eol.org/pages/965332
    7. 7. BHL on EOL
    8. 8. BHL: The Task <ul><li>Core Literature Pre-1923: 100 million pages (?) </li></ul><ul><li>All Pre-1923 Literature: 120-150 million pages </li></ul><ul><li>All Literature: 280-320 million pages </li></ul>
    9. 9. BHL: The Achievement <ul><li>Approximately 29.5 million pages (estimated on 05/03/2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly average: 600,000 pages </li></ul><ul><li>1.3 million catalog records </li></ul><ul><li>73% are monographs (remainder serials) </li></ul><ul><li>63% English </li></ul><ul><li>30% date before 1923 </li></ul>
    10. 10. BHL Advantages <ul><li>Persistent URL </li></ul><ul><li>Semantic and structural markup in conformance with NLM DTD </li></ul><ul><li>Iterative processing of BHL will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the number of name strings in uBio’s NameBank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the accuracy of name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>string recognition </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. BHL Advantages <ul><li>Access to rare articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traveling researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers with less developed libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Long-term management of digital assets at no cost to users </li></ul><ul><li>Publishers’ content is embedded </li></ul>
    12. 12. BHL Portal <ul><li>Library catalog-like interface (browse and search) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides volume/issue/article/page access </li></ul><ul><li>Iterative development based on community feedback </li></ul>
    13. 13. BHL: TaxonFinder by uBio <ul><li>BHL uses TaxonFinder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed by collaborators at uBio.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Locates and identifies scientific names within digital text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certain fonts or other technical limitations may limit results </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 1 <ul><li>Go to “ Tools ” in the upper, right corner </li></ul>
    15. 15. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 1 <ul><li>2. Scroll down to “ Bibliography by URL ,” and copy the appropriate taxonomic string for your search </li></ul>
    16. 16. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 1 <ul><li>3. Paste the URL into the navigation bar at the top of your browser and change the name to the species you are interested in </li></ul>
    17. 17. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 1 <ul><li>4. After you hit “Enter” on your keyboard, you will be brought to the bibliography page </li></ul>
    18. 18. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 2 <ul><li>Enter the name in the search box near the top, right corner </li></ul>
    19. 19. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 2 <ul><li>2. Select “ Names ” from the dropdown menu to the right of the search box and click “ Go ” </li></ul>
    20. 20. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 2 <ul><li>3. Select the option that best fits your search </li></ul>
    21. 21. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 2 <ul><li>4. You will be brought to the bibliography page </li></ul>
    22. 22. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 2 <ul><li>You can search by more than “Name,” </li></ul><ul><li>and the path to the results is much the same </li></ul>
    23. 23. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 3 <ul><li>You can use the tag cloud to browse for your taxon, and clicking on the tag will take you to the bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>**Note: You can change the number of displayed tags with the “Show” feature** </li></ul>
    24. 24. Generating Bibliographies on BHL: Method 3 <ul><li>2. You can also browse by other topics using the “Browse by” feature </li></ul>
    25. 25. BHL: Search Considerations <ul><li>IMPORTANT WARNING! </li></ul><ul><li>The search box often will not return as many results as the URL method </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The URL method searches within the text (TaxonFinder) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The search box only searches within the specified field (title, author, etc) </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Generating a PDF from BHL <ul><li>Find the title you want to download </li></ul><ul><li>Select the icon for that book </li></ul>
    27. 27. Generating a PDF from BHL <ul><li>3. Click “ Select pages to download ” by hovering your mouse over “ Download/About this book ” </li></ul>
    28. 28. Generating a PDF from BHL <ul><li>4. You will need to enter the email address where you want the pages sent </li></ul>
    29. 29. Generating a PDF from BHL <ul><li>5. Next you will be asked to fill in basic information for the item you are downloading </li></ul>
    30. 30. Why should I take the time? <ul><li>BHL is a nonprofit resource </li></ul><ul><li>Easier for the next time/person </li></ul><ul><li>Community effort to properly disseminate relevant literature </li></ul>
    31. 31. Generating a PDF from BHL <ul><li>6. Once you’ve filled out the information, click “ Next ” </li></ul>
    32. 32. Generating a PDF from BHL <ul><li>7. Select the pages you want to download </li></ul>**NOTE: You can see a thumbnail of a page by clicking on the corresponding page icon**
    33. 33. Generating a PDF from BHL <ul><li>8. Once you’ve selected your pages, click “ Done ” </li></ul>
    34. 34. Generating a PDF from BHL <ul><li>9. You will receive a confirmation email and then another email that provides a link to your PDF download </li></ul>
    35. 35. What can I do with the content? <ul><li>Published in 1922 or earlier: public domain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BHL will NOT seek to assert any intellectual property rights </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Date of publication after 1923: Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial 2.5 license </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible Use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Noncommercial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attribution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact copyright holders for commercial use </li></ul>
    36. 36. Contact Us <ul><ul><ul><li>Please contact us with questions: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://research.calacademy.org/library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Becky Morin </li></ul><ul><li>User Services Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>California Academy of Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>55 Music Concourse Drive </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco, CA 94118 </li></ul><ul><li>415-379-5495 (direct) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Images from Curtis's Botanical Magazine and provided courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org

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