Version 3.0 of Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Released
The development of a new API version was spurred by the recent introduction of full-text search to the BHL web site. In addition to the inclusion of full-text search, the entire API has been examined and updated. New methods have been added, existing methods have been modified, and many methods have been dropped entirely (or incorporated into other methods).
Because of the extent of the changes, version 3 of the BHL API has a separate endpoint from version 2. Both versions live side-by-side with one another, and do not conflict. Therefore, any existing users of the BHL API should see no disruptions.
API v3 endpoint: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/api3
API v2 endpoint: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/api2/httpquery.ashx
Long-term, it is expected that version 2 of the API will be deprecated and removed, so current API users are urged to look at version 3 and to begin moving to it.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.