May 29, 2022

A Quick Look at The Bio­di­ver­sity Her­itage Library for Europe

From the Europeana Blog:

Bio­di­ver­sity her­itage lit­er­a­ture merges the line between art and sci­ence, assem­bling descrip­tions of species and other accounts with metic­u­lously crafted illus­tra­tions. While this lit­er­a­ture is of great sci­en­tific and cul­tural impor­tance, it is often very rare and dif­fi­cult to access.


The EU-project ‘Bio­di­ver­sity Her­itage Library for Europe’ is ded­i­cated to solv­ing this prob­lem by mak­ing this type of con­tent easy to find. It aims to make the exist­ing dig­i­tal col­lec­tions of Euro­pean bio­di­ver­sity lit­er­a­ture freely acces­si­ble to any­one online. Both BLE’s mul­ti­lin­gual por­tal and the Euro­peana por­tal pro­vide instant access to this type of lit­er­a­ture, with over 100,000 objects now already avail­able through Euro­peana. More than any­thing, the BLE high­lights how bio­di­ver­sity her­itage lit­er­a­ture encom­passes art, sci­ence, cul­ture and his­tory — with trivia, sum­maries, diaries, his­tory, fan­tas­tic illus­tra­tions and even recipes.

On top of this the Bio­di­ver­sity Library has cre­ated an exhi­bi­tion space to high­light their con­tent, with two exhibitions. The first wel­comes you to the won­drous world of spices and their rep­re­sen­ta­tion in lit­er­a­ture. The sec­ond takes you on trip around the world, detail­ing some of the most famous and excit­ing expe­di­tions ever mounted.

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See Also: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds Two Partners & Makes Some Content Available on iTunesU
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Biodiversity Heritage Library Collection Size (as of March 13, 2012)

  • 54,214 titles
  • 103,078 volumes
  • 38,028,590 pages
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