30 March 2010
15:30 - 19:00

Venue: University College London
Roberts Building, Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre (Room G06), Engineering Faculty
Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE [directions]

[UCL street map]

On 30th March we heard two very interesting talks about improving access to natural history data attended by over forty participants. Diana Tough and Graham Higley from the Natural History Museum, spoke about developments that will not only contribute to the work of natural scientists but will support education and other efforts towards learning more about and preserving biodiversity. Talks incited lively discussion which continued over the networking session.

Recording the Living World was organized in cooperation with UCL, Department of Information Studies.

We would like to thank to Conrad Taylor for recording the event and editing and preparing the mp3 files.



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Diane Tough: Collection description at the Natural History Museum

Diane Tough, Head of Cataloguing at the Natural History Museum Library, talked about recent developments in the methods of collection description at the Museum. The Library is one of the foremost resources for researchers in molecular biology, biodiversity, systematics, taxonomy, and the history of science, and consists of over one million books and half a million artworks. Its extensive collections consist not only of current documentation, but also of older material representing a vital source for the study of both biodiversity and early printed scientific books.

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Graham Higley: Encyclopedia of life

The Encyclopedia of Life is an ambitious project to build an online resource in which every species on earth will have its own web page. This international enterprise consists of five major projects: the Species Pages Group, the Biodiversity Informatics Group, the Scanning and Digitization Group, the Learning and Education Group, and the Biodiversity Synthesis Group. Together they are creating an unparalleled resource for the life sciences that covers every aspect of the study, research, recording and documentation of living creatures. This impressive mass of material is available freely to all, allowing public access to much of the content for the first time.

Graham Higley, Head of Library & Information Services at the Natural History Museum, is a member of the EOL Steering Committee, and Chair of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium of 10 natural history and botanical libraries, who are digitizing the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections and making it available as part of an open biodiversity commons.

  Networking, wine & nibbles