Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Biodiversity Heritage Library as official electronic information source for Biodiversity and Taxonomy studies curriculum
Jiri Frank

Building: CTEC
Room: Auditorium
Date: 2016-12-07 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Last modified: 2016-10-15


Biodiversity Heritage Library is at this moment the largest global electronic free source for not only historical biodiversity/taxonomy literature. The BHL platform is connected to the key infrastructures as for example Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).  This digital library with specific services, user tools, and global coverage is, in the sense of content and partnership continuously expanding and has a solid sustainability model. It is a great candidate to be officially accepted in the biodiversity and taxonomy studies as a standard framework. The question is what kind of requirements must be considered and which kind of actions must be taken to make the BHL an official standard for electronic information source for education? Education and training, especially in the field of taxonomy and biodiversity, is one of the goals of Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF). If we would like to focus on Standards Supporting Innovation in Biodiversity Research and Conservation, we need to also focus on education of future generations be able to follow up our path and understand biodiversity. Standards and sources are one of the key elements which are need.