May 28, 2022

Report From Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): “#HerNaturalHistory: Open Data, BHL, and Wiki Projects”

From a BHL Blog Post by Esther Jackson And Grace Costantino:

Like Wiki editors, BHL [Biodiversity Heritage Library] contributors are passionate about having their content accessible to and used by the most people possible. The information that we provide through BHL is intended for global audiences. We hope that the special things and unique data in our collections have a life beyond our walls and our institutions.

This similarity in missions and goals is what makes projects involving both BHL and Wiki* a great fit. To this end, for the #HerNaturalHistory campaign, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden and the Smithsonian Libraries held three crowd-sourcing citizen science/citizen humanities events in March of 2019. These events were intended to bring new editors to Wiki projects, have editors add information about female scientists to Wikipedia, and have editors add information to BHL collections on Flickr and in Wikimedia Commons utilizing the Wikidata knowledge base/database/catalog.

Details About These Events the Complete BHL Blog Post (752 words)

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