Monday, July 30, 2018

Botany 2018: The Future of Digital Projects for Research & Teaching in Botany

BHL Program Director Martin Kalfatovic was an invited to participate in a symposium, hosted by JSTOR Global Plants, at Botany 2018 in Rochester, MN.

The symposium addressed questions such as: what existing digital projects in botany have been successful and how did they become so; what areas of need should future projects explore; how do we define success for digital projects; how do digital projects directed at students differ from those aimed at the researcher; how can we use digital projects to reach new students and interested lay people; and how are new digital projects funded and supported for the long term.

The panel will include speakers from a range of backgrounds -- including both academics and librarians, as well as people working for organizations developing these digital initiatives—creating a conversation that will bring together multiple viewpoints. Panelists include:

Jason Przybylski
The Future of Digital Projects for Research & Teaching in Botany:

Abstract
Botany was early to recognize the potential impacts on the field of digitization and digital projects, from scanning herbarium specimens so scholars from around the world could easily access them to recovering lost archives to developing access to copious amounts of data on plant life and biodiversity more broadly. As digitization of physical materials has become more widespread and digital capabilities have increased, the expectations for digital projects in botany have similarly advanced. It is no longer enough to simply scan an item and make it available as a PDF on a website. Researchers and students now are looking for innovative digital projects that use the digital medium to present objects in new ways or bring together materials in ways that weren't possible in an analog environment, all of which allows for new avenues to pursue in research and teaching. This symposium will bring together presenters working on digital projects in botany to examine the current state of the field and its future directions. The panel will include speakers from a range of backgrounds - including both academics and librarians, as well as people working for organizations developing these digital initiatives - creating a conversation that will bring together multiple viewpoints. The symposium will address questions such as: what existing projects have been successful and how did they become so; what areas of need should future projects explore; how do we define success for digital projects; how do digital projects directed at students differ from those aimed at the researcher; how can we use digital projects to reach new students and interested lay people; and how are new digital projects funded and supported for the long term. By the end of the symposium, we will aim to have identified trends in the field and areas that need further development, hopefully providing the necessary grounding for future digital developments.

The BHL presentation, "The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Empowering Discovery through Free Access to Biodiversity Knowledge" is available online.

From the abstract: The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has no bricks, no mortar, but rather stands as a vast online collection of biodiversity knowledge compiled from the collections of natural history and botanical libraries the world over. These collections--comprised of scientific journals, books, and archival collections--provide information critical to the study of life on our planet. Replete with species descriptions and occurrence data, ecosystem profiles, behavioral observations, and climatic records, these collections inform current research and provide historical information on species abundance, habitat alteration, and human exploration. In many cases, these publications are only physically available in one or two locations throughout the world.

Funding for the symposium was provided by the Botanical Society of America.

From the poster sessions:





Some flora and fauna:

Vanessa atalanta (Red Admiral)
Basidiomycota



Friday, April 27, 2018

Briefing on 2018 CNI Spring Membership Meeting (San Diego)

Briefing on 2018 CNI Spring Membership Meeting (San Diego)

Thursday (12 April 2018)

Opening plenary
Joan Lippincott, “Where All Roads Lead: Keeping the User at the Center”. Included a shout-out to the SIL Image Gallery.

First session
What the Data Tell Us: Analyzing the Use and Visibility of Open Access IR with the RAMP Dataset
Patrick OBrien, Montana State University / Kenning Arlitsch, Montana State University
https://www.cni.org/pbs/what-the-data-tell-us-analyzing-the-use-and-visibility-of-open-access-ir-with-the-ramp-dataset

Second session
It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Models of Collaboration & Sustainability - Themes and  Future Directions / Laurie Gemmill Arp, LYRASIS, Tom Cramer, Stanford, John Herbert, LYRASIS.

Third Session 
Dragging Researchers and their Data Into the Library / Tim Marconi, IT Operations Manager, University of California, San Diego.

Meetings

  • John Kunze, California Digital Library. Discussion of CDL ARK and Smithsonian participation in GUID and related identifier initiatives.
  • Sebastian Hammer & Lynne Bailey, Index Data. Discussion of use of FOLIO and BHL metadata model refactoring.

Friday (13 April 2018)

First Session
Developing/Scaling Research Data Management / Timothy M. McGeary, Duke University; Claire Stewart, University of Minnesota; Sophia Lafferty-Hess, Duke University; Jennifer Darragh, Research Data Management Consultant, Duke University.

Notes:
  • New positions at Duke: Research Data Management Consultant and Repository Ingest Specialist U of MN RDM Bootcamp materials: http://z.umn.edu/rdcamp2018; doing an RDM Strategic Plan with 75 recommendations
  • Sloan funded the Data Curation Network, https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/11299/188633
  • Looking for new partners at this times, formerly open in 2020


Second Session
Creating FOLIO-based Integrated Library System / Sebastian Hammer, Index Data; Dean Kraft Cornell.

Notes: 

  • Ready by end of CY 2018
  • Cornell will run it's instance in AWS
  • See ux.folio.org

Third Session
Research Data Repositories / Ray Uzwyshyn, Texas State University

Closing Plenary
Larry Smarr, "Enabling Digital Research"


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The 2018 BHL Annual Meeting was held in Los Angeles at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Constance Rinaldo, Chair
The 2018 BHL Annual Meeting was held in Los Angeles at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. The meeting was attended by 35 representatives of BHL partners from 11 countries. The meeting included guest speakers: Dr. Austin Hendy (Collections Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology, NHMLAC), Dr. Jody Martin (Associate VP of Research and Collections and Curator of Crustacea, NHMLAC), Dr. Gary Wallace (Currently Research Associate at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Botanist, Retired, United States Fish and Wildlife Service), Dr. Victoria Vesna (Professor, Dept. of Design, Media Arts, UCLA and Founder and Director of the Art | Sci Center + Lab, CNSI, and Visiting Professor, Empowerment Informatics Program, University of Tsukuba, Japan), and two Postdoctoral Fellows at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits, Dr. Alexis  Mychajiliw & Dr. Libby Ellwood.

In addition to the Secretariat staff (Carolyn Sheffield, Bianca Crowley, and Grace Costantino), Smithsonian Libraries Director Nancy E. Gwinn and Barbara Ferry (Head, Natural and Physical Sciences Department) attended the meeting from the Smithsonian Libraries. My Program Director's Secretariat & Technical Update is available online.

The meeting also provided attendees with a behind the scenes tour the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and The Huntington.

  


BHL Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame, Hollywood, California


Saturday, January 20, 2018

This was the year that was ... my new music from 2017 #2017Music #2017inReview

 A very musical year with some big winners (see the top 5) and more .... some last works by big names (David Bowie, No Plan [EP], Glen Campbell, Adios, Chuck Berry, Chuck, Gregg Allman, Southern Blood ); dueling albums by the Battling Brothers (old school: Dave Davies & Russ Davies, Open Road  vs Ray Davies, Americana; and new school: Liam Gallagher, As You Were  vs Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon?).  Some were inescapable (Ed Sheeran, ÷ ) while others should have been more widely heard (Tinariwen, Elwan).

There were also a couple of great singles, the best were probably Mick Jagger's "Gotta Get a Grip" / "England Lost" and Gary Clarke, Jr's, "Come Together". I also enjoyed Taylor Swift and Zayn, "I Don't Want to Live Forever" & Katy Perry, "Chained to the Rhythm"

If I had to narrow it to five albums, my winners were (in release order):
  1. Lorde, Melodrama (16 June 2017)
  2. Tori Amos, Native Invader (8 September 2017)
  3. Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want? (2 June 2017)
  4. Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway (24 February 2017)
  5. St. Vincent, Masseduction (13 October 2017)

Favorites from 2017 (Best of the Rest)

(in order of release)
  1. Ed Sheeran ÷ (3 March 2017)
  2. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness (31 March 2017)
  3. John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies (28 April 2017)
  4. Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want? (2 June 2017)
  5. Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (9 June 2017)
  6. Lana del Rey, Lust for Life (21 July 2017)
  7. Alice Cooper, Paranormal (28 July 2017)
  8. Robert Plant, Carry Fire (13 October 2017)
  9. Lee Ann Womack, The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone (27 October 2017)
  10. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman (17 November 2017)

Live and Reissues

  1. Gary Clarke, Jr, Live North America 2016 (17 March 2017)
  2. Neil Young, Hitchiker (8 September 2017)
  3. Bob Dylan, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (3 November 2017)
  4. David Gilmour, Live at Pompei (29 September 2017)
  5. Black Sabbath, The End (17 November 2017)

Some others of note

  • The Regrettes, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! (13 January 2017)
  • David Bowie, No Plan (EP) (17 January 2017)
  • Sacred Paws, Strike a Match (27 January 2017)
  • Beth Hart, Fire on the Floor (3 February 2017)
  • Julian Cope, Drunken Songs (3 February 2017)
  • Tinariwen, Elwan (10 February 2017)
  • Alison Krauss, Windy City (17 February 2017)
  • Dave Davies & Russ Davies, Open Road (31 March 2017)
  • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. (14 April 2017)
  • Ray Davies, Americana (21 April 2017)
  • Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock (21 April 2017)
  • Angaleena Presley, Wrangled (21 April 2017)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Lime and Limpid Green (22 April 2017)
  • Shugo Tokumaru, Toss (28 April 2017)
  • Little Steven, Soulfire (19 May 2017)
  • Sufjan Stevens et al., Planetarium (9 June 2017)
  • Glen Campbell, Adios (9 June 2017)
  • Chuck Berry, Chuck (9 June 2017)
  • Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up (16 June 2017)
  • Guided By Voices, How Do You Spell Heaven? (11 August 2017)
  • Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins (18 August 2017)
  • Gregg Allman, Southern Blood (8 September 2017)
  • Susanne Sundfør, Music For People In Trouble (8 September 2017)
  • Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (15 September 2017)
  • The Horrors, V (22 September 2017)
  • Van Morrison, Roll with the Punches (22 September 2017)
  • Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me (29 September 2017)
  • Dhani Harrison, In // Parallel (6 October 2017)
  • Liam Gallagher, As You Were (6 October 2017)
  • Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (6 October 2017)
  • Beck, Colors (13 October 2017)
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice (13 October 2017)
  • Niall Horan, Flicker (20 October 2017)
  • Mickey Hart, Ramu (10 November 2017)
  • Taylor Swift, reputation (10 November 2017)
  • Bob Seger, I Knew You When (17 November 2017)
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon? (24 November 2017)
  • U2, Songs of Experience (1 December 2017)

Losses in 2017

SINGLES
  • Taylor Swift and Zayn, "I Don't Want to Live Forever" (13 January 2017)
  • Katy Perry, "Chained to the Rhythm" (10 February 2017)
  • Kendrick Lamar, "The Heart Part 4" (24 March 2017)
  • Carly Rae Jepson, "Cut to the Feeling" (26 May 2017)
  • Mick Jagger, "Gotta Get a Grip" / "England Lost" (28 July 2017)
  • Gary Clarke, Jr, "Come Together" (10 November 2017)

ALBUMS of 2017: The Complete List

JANUARY
  • The Regrettes, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! (13 January 2017)
  • David Bowie, No Plan (EP) (17 January 2017)
  • Sacred Paws, Strike a Match (27 January 2017)
FEBRUARY
  • Beth Hart, Fire on the Floor (3 February 2017)
  • Julian Cope, Drunken Songs (3 February 2017)
  • Tinariwen, Elwan (10 February 2017)
  • Alison Krauss, Windy City (17 February 2017)
  • Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway (24 February 2017)
MARCH
  • Ed Sheeran ÷ (3 March 2017)
  • Gary Clarke, Jr, Live North America 2016 (17 March 2017)
  • Aimee Mann, Mental Illness (31 March 2017)
  • Dave Davies & Russ Davies, Open Road (31 March 2017)
APRIL
  • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. (14 April 2017)
  • Ray Davies, Americana (21 April 2017)
  • Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock (21 April 2017)
  • Angaleena Presley, Wrangled (21 April 2017)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Lime and Limpid Green (22 April 2017)
  • Shugo Tokumaru, Toss (28 April 2017)
  • John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies (28 April 2017)
  • Willie Nelson, God's Problem Child (28 April 2017)
MAY 
  • Bonnie Prince Billie, Best Troubadour (5 May 2017)
  • Todd Rundgren, White Knight (12 May 2017)
  • Little Steven, Soulfire (19 May 2017)
  • Randy Newman, Dark Matter (19 May 2017)
JUNE
  • Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want? (2 June 2017)
  • Sufjan Stevens et al., Planetarium (9 June 2017)
  • Glen Campbell, Adios (9 June 2017)
  • Chuck Berry, Chuck (9 June 2017)
  • Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (9 June 2017)
  • Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up (16 June 2017)
  • Lorde, Melodrama (16June 2017)
  • Cheap Trick, We're All Alright! (16 June 2017)
  • Styx, The Mission (16 June 2017)
JULY
  • Lana del Rey, Lust for Life (21 July 2017)
  • Alice Cooper, Paranormal (28 July 2017)
AUGUST
  • Santana and the Isley Brothers, Power of Peace (4 August 2017)
  • Guided By Voices, How Do You Spell Heaven? (11 August 2017)
  • Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins (18 August 2017)
SEPTEMBER
  • Neil Young, Hitchiker (8 September 2017)
  • Gregg Allman, Southern Blood (8 September 2017)
  • Susanne Sundfør, Music For People In Trouble (8 September 2017)
  • Tori Amos, Native Invader (8 September 2017)
  • Ringo Starr, Give More Love (15 September 2017)
  • Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (15 September 2017)
  • The Horrors, V (22 September 2017)
  • Van Morrison, Roll with the Punches (22 September 2017)
  • Stills & Collins, Everybody Knows (22 September 2017)
  • David Crosby, Sky Trails (29 September 2017)
  • Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me (29 September 2017)
  • David Gilmour, Live at Pompei (29 September 2017)
OCTOBER
  • Dhani Harrison, In // Parallel (6 October 2017)
  • Liam Gallagher, As You Were (6 October 2017)
  • Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (6 October 2017)
  • Robert Plant, Carry Fire (13 October 2017)
  • Beck, Colors (13 October 2017)
  • St. Vincent, Masseduction (13 October 2017)
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice (13 October 2017)
  • Niall Horan, Flicker (20 October 2017)
  • Lee Ann Womack, The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone (27 October 2017)
NOVEMBER
  • Bob Dylan, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (3 November 2017)
  • Mickey Hart, Ramu (10 November 2017)
  • Taylor Swift, reputation (10 November 2017)
  • Black Sabbath, The End (17 November 2017)
  • Bob Seger, I Knew You When (17 November 2017)
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman (17 November 2017)
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon? (24 November 2017)
DECEMBER
  • U2, Songs of Experience (1 December 2017)
  • Neil Young + The Promise of the Real, The Visitor (1 December 2017)