Friday, May 11, 2007

Discussion of ZooBank and BHL at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian hosted the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature's meeting on ZooBank on May 11th. The Biodiversity Heritage Library was a key discussion point of a number of the talks.

Speakers included Andrew Polaszek (ICZN), David Patterson (MBL, pictured left), David Remsen (GBIF, pictured right), Richard Pyle (Bishop Museum), and Donat Agosti (AntBase).

BHL mentioned on NPR's Science Friday

Thanks to Dr. Gary Borisy from MBL for mentioning BHL on NPR, and to Brewster Kahle from the Internet Archive for calling the Biodiversity Heritage Library a "shining example" of open access!

From the NPR web site:
This week, scientists announced a new effort to create an online encyclopedia of life. Pulling information from labs, libraries and museums around the world, organizers aim to make a multimedia Web page for every known species on the planet. Gary Borisy, a project leader, discusses the effort.
Several organizations are working to digitize and make available online all the information that might be hiding on the shelves of libraries around the world. Leaders in the digital libraries community talk about how they intend to go about putting every book published online.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Biodiversity Heritage Library and Encyclopedia of Life Launch!

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic.
The BHL officially went live today with the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life. After a press event at the National Press Club (Washington), EOL, BHL, friends, and supporters gathered at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington to celebrate the official launch of the project.

Please view the EOL website (

The EOL demo pages featured BHL content related to Polar Bears, Rice, the yeti crab, and the death cap mushroom.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

1.25 million pages

The BHL member libraries now have approximately 1.25 million pages online or queued for delivery. Over half of these pages are available through the BHL portal (

Two major collections not yet available through the portal include: