Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Images of Biodiversity on Pinterest

Earlier this summer, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) launched on Pinterest, and the number of images they have uploaded ("pinned") has increased rapidly - there are now more than 1,320 images in 15 collections ("Boards") and the image quality is wonderful.  Portraits of naturalists and exquisite drawings of birds, insects, mammals, fish, plants and many other aspects of nature can be viewed and shared at the site.  One board is devoted to photographs of biodiversity depicted in the ancient world, including art objects.  BHL is a global consortium of natural history and botanical institutions that cooperate to digitize and make freely available the biodiversity literature in their collections. Sharing images from their libraries on Pinterest is a great way to make them openly accessible to a very wide audience.  Take a look!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 wants your opinion

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