Mining Biodiversity

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Note: The Mining Biodiversity project period has now ended. The project ran from January 2014-December 2016.

The Mining Biodiversity project is an international collaboration between the University of Manchester’s National Centre for Text Mining (UK), Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Biodiversity Informatics (USA), Dalhousie University’s Big Data Analytics Institute and Ryerson University’s Social Medial Lab (Canada).


The overarching goal of the Mining Biodiversity project is to transform the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a digital library of over 40 million pages of taxonomic literature, into a next-generation social digital resource to facilitate the collaborative study and discussion of legacy biodiversity documents by a worldwide community. Furthermore, it aims to raise awareness of the changes in biodiversity over time in the general public.

As the BHL holds an immense amount of biodiversity documents, the project will leverage text mining and visualization methods, crowdsourcing and social media to effectively serve its users with semantically enriched content. The resulting digital resource will provide fully interlinked and indexed access to the full content of BHL library documents, via semantically enhanced, interactive browsing and searching capabilities, allowing users to precisely and conveniently locate the information of interest to them.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [LG-00-14-04-0032-14]
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Project Team (USA)

Missouri Botanical Garden

  • William Ulate, Senior Project Coordinator, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, P.I.
  • Trish Rose-Sandler, Data Project Coordinator, Center for Biodiversity Informatics
  • Mike Lichtenberg, Programmer, Center for Biodiversity Informatics


  • Jennifer Hammock, Marine Theme Coordinator, EOL
  • Grace Costantino, BHL Outreach and Communication Manager

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Original Proposal & Schedule



Project Narrative


Project Management, Dissemination, and Communications Plan



Proposed Architecture
Mining Biodiversity Architecture
MiBio Software Modules Diagram
mining biodiversity diagram

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Social Media

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Initial Grant Award

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