Saturday, October 27, 2007

More BHL material online

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is currently scanning material five locations around the world. As materials are scanned, they are deposited directly into the Internet Archive repository. The links below will provide you with feed information on materials from the individual scanning centers as it becomes available:
Internet Archive scanned materials will eventually be processed for delivery through the BHL portal site

BHL Presentation at LITA National Forum

Suzanne C. Pilsk and Martin R. Kalfatovic (Smithsonian Institution Libraries) made an hour long presentation, "The Biodiversity Heritage Library Mass Digitizing Project: A Grandeur in this View of Digital Libraries", on the BHL at the LITA National Forum held in Denver, Colorado, October 6, 2007.

BHL members attend Open Content Alliance in San Francisco

Eight BHL member staff attended the 3rd Open Content Alliance meeting held in San Francisco on October 17, 2007. In addition to the main meeting, BHL member staff took to time to arrange a number of technical meetings with Internet Archive staff, the development team of the project, and others in the Bay Area.

The BHL was also featured in the Open Content Alliance article that appeared "above the fold" on the front page of the New York Times (October 22, 2007): "Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on the Web"

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New name finding functionality

We've released new functionality in BHL to allow users to search across all the scientific names we've indexed throughout our digital library and view a bibliography of occurrences - what we're tentatively calling a "discovered bibliography". To view in action, begin here:

You can search by any taxonomic name, such as Poa annua, or Poaceae, to return results.

Next steps will be to allow users to search for a taxonomic name & return results for it and its synonyms, or taxa below. But before implementing that advanced functionality, we'd like to make sure this works well for a single taxonomic name. Please give it a try and leave comments below. --Chris Freeland