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This is a talk proposed by Gaurav Vaidya (University of Colorado Boulder), William Ulate (Missouri Botanical Garden), Robert Guralnick (University of Colorado Boulder), and Trish Rose-Sandler (Missouri Botanical Garden)
The Art of Life project is developing a metadata schema for describing and improving access to the natural history images contained in the 38 million pages digitized by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. These images paint a vibrant picture of Europeans’ first encounters with exotic plants and animals in the 17th and 18th centuries, drawn by some of the finest illustrators in the world. They also provide valuable documentation of when, where, and who first observed a species. We present our preliminary schema, which accommodates a variety of delivery systems, including Flickr and Wikimedia Commons, and varying levels of information detail.