From the BHL Blog:
In February 2016, the Biodiversity Heritage Library set out to digitize over 450,000 pages of field notes. While the BHL had already added some archival material to its collection before this project, the Field Notes Project is BHL’s largest undertaking of digitizing field notes to date.
Funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Digitizing Hidden Special Collections initiative, this was a collaborative project with eleven partners:
- American Museum of Natural History
- The Field Museum of Natural History Library
- Harvard University Botany Libraries
- Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library
- Internet Archive
- The New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library
- Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library
- Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Smithsonian Libraries
- University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
- Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Field notes can pose a number of challenges, and our partners certainly had to manage many of them. Conservation concerns are always at the top of the list, ensuring that field notes are in the proper condition for digitization. Through digitization, we can also reduce the need to refer to the physical object and further protect these unique items.
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