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The Biodiversity Heritage Library meets Wikipedia, Wikispecies, and Wikidata

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May 23, 2017

The Biodiversity Heritage Library meets Wikipedia, Wikispecies, and Wikidata



May 23, 2017

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  1. @rdmpage @UofGlasgow iphylo.blogspot.com

  2. Like Wikidata but subject-specific (biological taxonomy) Links to Wikidata (see

    example SPARQL queries) Lots of citations of articles (taxonomy is “long data”) See @pigsonthewing (Andy Mabbett) for more info
  3. 51 million open access pages, 120,000 books and journals A

    lot is pre-1923 ©, but includes recent material (some that is only otherwise available behind a paywall e.g. JSTOR) Problem: how to find articles within scanned journals?
  4. BioStor http://biostor.org (by @rdmpage) takes article-level metadata and automates finding

    articles in BHL (~190,000 to date) BioStor needs sources of article metadata... … Wikispecies has citations to lots of taxonomic literature
  5. * {{aut|Bleeker, P.}} 1851. Visschen van Billiton. ''Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor

    Nederlandsch Indië'' 1: 478–479. Citations in structured form (easy to parse) Citations free-form text (nightmare to parse) Need: tool to convert Wikispecies citations into structured data https://orange-fear.glitch.me Question: Should Wikidata be the primary database of taxonomic literature? If so, how?