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HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE ILLUSTRATIONS? by Ari Rehbein, NDSR Resident, Missouri Botanical Garden

Introduction

My project at the Missouri Botanical Garden focuses on access to illustrations in BHL’s corpus of biodiversity literature. I’ve dipped my toes into the related areas of interface design for digital special collections exhibitions, digital humanities, metadata, social media outreach, and rare books in the course of my studies and work. The possibility for engagement and exploration of cultural heritage in the digital environment is infinitely exhilarating.

Defining the Scope of Biodiversity Literature by Alicia Esquivel

 

One of the first steps of performing a collection analysis is to define the scope of the collection. While I am focused on analyzing the corpus of BHL for my project, this collection only represents a subset of all biodiversity literature. After defining the scope of biodiversity literature, we can start to understand the coverage of the BHL collection and identify its gaps to target future digitization.

Transcription Tools: a survey by Katie Mika, NDSR Resident

Field notebooks and diaries have historically been retained by natural history institutions as reference files for museum specimen and associated collecting events. More recently, however, researchers have begun to uncover vast historical data sets as part of their scholarship in scientific taxonomy, species distribution and occurrences, climate change studies, and history of science. Field notebooks contain significant information related to scientific discovery and are rich sources for data that describes biodiversity across space and time.

Fair Use Week is Here!

This week, February 20-24, Harvard is celebrating the fourth annual Fair Use Week. It’s an opportunity to highlight Fair Use, the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyrighted material may be used in teaching, research, news reporting and criticism without permission from or payment to the copyright holder. Find out more about events here at