- The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic and Suzanne C. Pilsk. National Agriculture Library: Issues and Answers Seminar. January 30, 2008. Beltsville, MD.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Finally got around to perusing my December, 2007 issue of Systematic Biology and saw this article by Godfray et al. about taxonomy and the Web. The authors provide nice summaries of emerging, alternative strategies for tackling the biodiversity and bioinformatics crises: CATE, uBio, DiGIR (to be replaced by TAPIR soon?), GBIF, Biodiversity Heritage Library initiative (how's THAT for a tag cloud?!), ZooBank, TDWG, iSpecies, and Wikispecies (my least favorite; at least I am not yet totally convinced that this is a good model for taxonomy). I find it curious that the Encyclopedia of Life was barely mentioned (and never by name) in that article, especially given its high profile and funding level. I'll have to remember to link some of these projects to our museum page, as we will undoubtedly be exploiting these resources and techniques to expose the data housed within our cabinets.
- Insect Museum blog
Friday, January 4, 2008
Primary responsibilities for this position include leading the development effort for MOBOT's LAMP-based applications, complementing the existing .Net team. Up first on the development schedule is the instantiation of Fedora (www.fedora-commons.org) at MOBOT as a repository layer in our multi-platform, SOA-based infrastructure, then refactoring applications and building new ones to utilize Fedora. Future projects include enhancement of the BHL GUI and development of tools for managing digital library content.
Qualifications include a BS in Computer Science or related field, 5 years experience developing enterprise-level applications, and 2 years experience leading a development team. Experience managing data and applications in an open source environment (LAMP and its variants) required. Experience managing biodiversity and/or library datasets preferred, but not required.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
We are currently looking for partners to join the eContentplus bid - in particular, we are looking for institutions with substantial collections of biodiversity literature, experts in scanning and digitisation, and researchers interested in OCR (optical character recognition) technologies. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008