BHL-Europe prototype

In May this year the hardware infrastructure for BHL-Europe was built and configured and is hosted at NHM London. NHM is currently in the process of transferring the data of BHL from the USA to Europe. A first version of the German Prototype was deployed this summer on the new BHL-Europe infrastructure at NHM. The development work for the German Prototype is finished now. This prototype, however, will only be used within the consortium over the next months.

Content analysis, Pre-Ingest and Metadata

During the last months a lot of work has been done by our partners to increase the content of BHL-Europe. Work has been done on the analysis and the preparation of the monographs and serials that are relevant for the biodiversity community. We also discussed and established a methodology to further expand the content provider network.

Deliverables and recruitment of employees

Six BHL-Europe deliverables were submitted in April/May to the EC. Among them is the first Annual Report that is publicly available on the BHL-Europe website http://www.bhl-europe.eu.

The new WP2 leader of BHL-Europe Melita Birthälmer joined the project team 15 May 2010. Among the important tasks to be coordinated by her are the preparation of the best practice guide for scanning operations and the extension of the BHL-Europe content provider network. Several of our partners were also able to employ new staff members for BHL-Europe to particularly foster the work of WP2.

BHL-Europe Project and Technical Management Meeting

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Launch of the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) – 2010

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

BHL-Europe General and Workgroup Meeting

The BHL-Europe Meeting took place in the National Museum, Prague, and meetings were held in both museum buildings. This was a contractual meeting followed by an important series of workshops marking the end of the consensusbuilding phase of the project.

BHL-Europe at Systematics 2009 in Leiden

BHL-Europe is invited to give a Keynote lecture during the Systematics 2009 conference (http://www.biosyst.eu). The presentation will be on Wednesday, 12 August 2009, 8:50 in the morning and is given by the Project Coordinator Henning Scholz. The lecture aims in introducing the project to the scientific community. This hopefully helps to get in touch with potential and future content providers and also to get feedback for future improvements of the BHL-Europe system.

BHL-Europe summer meeting in Leiden

Phase 1 of the BHL-Europe project is ending 31 July 2009. Therefore, the BHL-Europe consortium meets in Leiden to review recent achievements and plan for future work. Besides a more general review, the future technological developments are key for the agenda. More than two days will be spent discussing the BHL-Europe system architecture and design, the metadata harmonization procedures and the portal functionalities. The meeting location is The Naturalis Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum in Leiden.

Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe – Towards a global library of life

Managed by the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, an ambitious and innovative EU project started on 1 May 2009. The ’Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe‘ (BHL-Europe) has a total budget of €3.4 million and will last for three years. More than 60 scientists, librarians and IT specialists attended the Kick-off meeting between 10-15 May 2009 at the Museum für Naturkunde. Altogether, 28 institutions from 14 countries are working towards a global library of life.