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Reach Out! Opportunities for the Visual Resource Center

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The Art of Life Project and Biodiversity Heritage Library were featured in this session on Visual Resource Centers and how institutions are reaching new audiences for their content through collaboration and outreach

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Reach Out! Opportunities for the Visual Resource Center

  1. 1. Reach Out! New Opportunities for the Visual Resource Center The Art of Life project: a case studyVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  2. 2. What is BHL? • A consortium of natural history, botanical libraries and research institutions • An open access digital repository for historic biodiversity literature • An open data repository of taxonomic names and bibliographic informationVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  3. 3. Member Institutions • Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives • American Museum of Natural History Library • California Academy of Sciences Library • Cornell University Library • The Field Museum Library • Harvard University Botany Libraries • Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology • Library of Congress • Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library • Missouri Botanical Garden Library • Natural History Museum, London, Library & Archives • The New York Botanical Garden • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library & Archives • Smithsonian Institution Libraries • United States Geological Survey LibrariesVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  4. 4. BHLFT StaffVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  5. 5. BHLGlobalVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
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  7. 7. Why the need for Art of Life? Problem statement – users want access to images, access to images is limited – How to broaden the audiences for BHL content?VRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  8. 8. What is Art of Life?• Full title - The Art of Life: Data Mining and Crowdsourcing the Identification and Description of Natural History Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)• Grant given to Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis• Funded by National Endowment for the Humanities• Runs May 2012-April 2014VRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
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  10. 10. 5 Primary Objectives of Art of Life Objective 1: Define an appropriate metadata schema for natural history illustrations Objective 2: Build software tools to automatically identify illustrations in the BHL corpus Objective 3: Enhance existing tools to enable the initial sorting, viewing, and editing of these identified visual resources. Objective 4: Integrate tagging applications to enable a community of users to edit descriptive metadata for the illustrations Objective 5: Integrate the descriptive metadata generated by users back into BHL portal both for access and preservation VRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
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  12. 12. Current status of Art of Life • Development of the algorithm is about 90% complete and will be done by May 2013 • Draft schema for describing natural history illustrations available for public review http://tinyurl.com/9hm7nsb • Classifier tool – in progressVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  13. 13. Art of Life Schema Needs to support three objectives: (1) to enable the discovery, description and use of the identified images by artists, biologists, humanities scholars, librarians, and educators; (2) to make BHL’s metadata and images available to other platforms; and (3) to import crowdsourced metadata generated in other platforms back into BHL.VRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  14. 14. Schema landscape review – VRA Core 4.0 (image community) – LIDO (museum community) – Dublin Core (Web community) – Darwin Core (biodiversity community)VRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  15. 15. ART OF LIFE SCHEMA ELEMENTS red =required Title Type Date Copyright Source Agent Subjects Description InscriptionVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  16. 16. Example of illustration described using Art of Life schema Title Stictospiza formosa Type Paintings Date Publication: 1898 Agent Author: Arthur G. Butler (1844-1925) Illustrator: F.W. Frohawk (1861-1946) Description A pair of finches with green and yellow bodies resting on reeds Subjects Scientific name: Amandava formosa (Latham, 1790) Vernacular Name: Green Avadavat or Green Munia Accepted Name: Amandava formosa (Latham, 1790) Birds, finches Inscriptions bottom center: Green Amaduvade Waxbill (Stictospiza formosa) Source Butler, Arthur Gardiner. Foreign finches in captivity. Hull and London: Brumby and Clarke, limited,1889 (2nd edition). This image comes from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and is available online at biodiversitylibrary.org/page/17195895 Rights Public domainVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  17. 17. How will this project benefit the visual resource community? • Significant resource of natural history images that will be made openly accessible and reusable- • Content is very cross-disciplinary (artists, art historians, biologists, humanities scholars, particularly historians of science; librarians, visual resource curators). • Interesting application of the Core 4.0 standard beyond its traditional domainVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  18. 18. Thanks to Art of Life team! PI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Algorithm development Ed Bachta, Charlie Moad, Kyle Jaebker, Indianapolis Museum of Art Schema development Gaurav Vaidya and Robert Guralnick, University of Colorado, Boulder William Ulate, Missouri Botanical Garden Programming Mike Lichtenberg, Missouri Botanical Garden Consultants Doug Holland, Missouri Botanical Garden; Chris Freeland, Washington University (former PI for Art of Life)VRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  19. 19. Interested? Here’s how you can help • We welcome your feedback on the schema! http://tinyurl.com/9hm7nsb • If you know of scholars and users who would be interested in these types of images and would be interested either in participating in our survey or a brief focus groups about the schema please have them contact me trish.rose-sandler@mobot.org • Would love to talk with other folks about their experiences with crowdsourcing of metadata, particularly if you’ve used flickr or Wikimedia commons • Spread the word about this free, rich resource of images! http://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary •VRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project
  20. 20. For more info http://biodivlib.wikispaces.com/Art+of+Life http://www.biodiversitylibrary.orgContact: trish.rose-sandler@mobot.orgVRA April 2013 Providence RI Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden Art of Life project

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