The Biodiversity Heritage Library: sharing biodiversity with the world
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CitationGwinn, Nancy E. and Constance A. Rinaldo. 2009. The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Sharing biodiversity with the world. IFLA Journal 35(1): 25-34
AbstractTen major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States joined in 2005 to develop a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global ‘biodiversity commons.’ Headquartered at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is one of the cornerstones of the Encyclopedia of Life, a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on earth. This paper provides an overview of the BHL and its potential impact on biodiversity research, describes the BHL portal and its innovative search services, and provides a case study of the process from one of the members: the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.
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