Biodiversity Heritage Library

For patrons interested in various biology topics, the Biodiversity Heritage Library is a great open source site with this stated goal:

The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life.

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Biodiversity is defined by Merriam Webster as “biological diversity in an environment as indicated by numbers of different species of plants and animals“. So this topic is broad and vast, covering animal & plant biology, classification, extinct and surviving species, evolutionary history and many others.

Slate.com did an article on the site’s flickr.com image page: “2 Million Beautiful Images of Biodiversity Are Now Available for Free“.

So here’s how it works: I searched “platypus”:

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and it took me here:

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I chose to look at an article, as opposed to a book, book review or other resource, and after choosing the “article” tab and “view article” this is what came up:

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As you can see, this is an actual article from an actual academic journal that someone may find useful for their research. This search is good for searching across books and journals, scientific names, authors and subjects. You may also browse by title, author, date, collection and contributor.

They have many of the other features standard to most pages these days, such as their social media links, a blog, a link to other media and links to their visual resources.

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3D Virtual Fossil Collection

http://www.3d-fossils.ac.uk/home.html

This website, from the British Geological Survey, provides the first link to 3D images of fossils. From the site, “the pictures link to photographs (including ‘anaglyph’ stereo pairs) and a selection of 3D digital models. Just type the fossil you are looking for in the search box. The full details of the fossil results provide the taxonomy group the fossil belongs to. The 3D images come up under view scanner. The three choices to bring them up include by web browsers, by zipped .ply file, and by zipped .obj file.

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i2727e/i2727e00.htm

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012, is a book that is published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The number of fish farmers, along with the status of the fishing fleet is provided. Fish processing, consumption, and commodity statistics are also listed. Finally, the governance and outlook for the fish industry is displayed. Many other statistics are also available within the book.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

From the site: “The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL content may be freely viewed through the online reader or downloaded in part or as a complete work in PDF, OCR text, or JPG2000 file formats. ” Browsing is available by Title, Author, Subject, and Year. Searching can be done by Author, Subject, Scientific Name, and Book/Journal Title. The record or the full book can be viewed. More than 53,000 titles and 102,000 volumes can be browsed or searched, including over 1 million species. Rare scientific texts are also shown.

Audubon’s Birds of America

http://digital.library.pitt.edu/a/audubon/

The Digital Research Library within the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh has digitized Audubon’s Birds of America. The complete double elephant folio, along with his Ornithological Biography, has been included. Browsing by plate name or by thumbnails is shown, and a search box is provided.

Freesound

http://www.freesound.org/

Freesound is a database of 120,000 sounds, not songs. The sounds can include anything from a pipe banging against the wall to water dripping. Many of the sounds have been used in movies and in ccMixter remixes. Keywords and “sounds-like” type of browsing  are available for searching. From the site, “Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.”

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture

http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/about.php

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture’s on-line edition is an updated version of the the book that was originally published in 1998.  Students, teachers, and researchers can use this website to find information about Tennessee.  Topics are broken down into user friendly categories.  Popular subjects include the Civil War, Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson and Daniel Boone.  This on-line version has updated and new entries, over 500 images, and also video and audio files.