Linnaeus Link Project
Identify and search for Linnaean works world-wide.
Linnaeus Link is a comprehensive, online Union Catalogue of Linnaean publications, facilitating research for scholars worldwide.
The Linnaeus Link Project is an international collaboration between libraries with significant holdings of Linnaean material.
It also acts as the official Linnaean bibliography.
A true “one-stop-shop”, it allows researchers to search for material across institutions world-wide, and conduct bibliographic research from their PC.
CILIP Update, August 2013, pp.34-36; with kind permission by CILIP
Support the Project!
Linnaeus Link is funded, maintained and co-ordinated by the Linnean Society of London, a charity.
In order to keep this unique collaborative resource going and growing, we are grateful for any support users or project partners can give: Please click here to support the project
Linnaeus ordered - and Linnaeus Link delivers!
Since the inaugural meeting in 1999, many important institutions have committed to moving the project forward and the current list of partners is as follows:
- Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
- British Library (London)
- Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève
- Hagströmerbiblioteket [The Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library], Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm)
- Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Det Kongelige Bibliotek. Nationalbibliotek og Københavns universitetsbibliotek [Royal Library: National Library and Copenhagen University Library]
- Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien [Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences] (Stockholm)
- Linnean Society of London
- Muséum d'histoire naturelle de la Ville de Genève [Natural History Museum of Geneva]
- National Botanic Garden of Belgium
- Natural History Museum (London)
- New York Botanical Garden
- Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid [Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid]
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London)
- Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
- Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Germany)
- Stockholms universitetsbibliotek [Stockholm University Library]
- Svenska Linnésällskapet [Swedish Linnaeus Society] (Uppsala)
- Uppsala universitetsbibliotek [Uppsala University Library]
The New Linnaeus Link:
The online union catalogue of Linnaean material held in institutions worldwide has played a key role in creating new links between institutions and enabling researchers to access important source and resource material.
The project has been going strong and attracted new partners and forged new links.
However, technology and user expectations have moved on since 2003 when the union catalogue was first launched.
As part of our commitment to this internationally important resource we were looking to provide a platform which uses the latest technology.
It should also be flexible to suit diverse international partners, be more user-friendly and provide extra features to support research.
The Oxford-based company 67 Bricks was given the task of building the new Linnaeus Link system.
The new system has much improved navigation, search- and display functions.
An outstanding feature is the new system's ability to cope with a wide range of international cataloguing systems and special characters, in line with the project's international foundations.
It is also a powerful tool for bibliographic research: Instead of amalgamating all individual partners' records for one title into one artificial, "ideal", record, the system uses a unique Tab display to unveil the full bibliographic information present in each individual record. This is especially relevant for copy-specific information and provenance research.
The new system was officially launched at the 2012 Partners' Meeting at the National Botanic Gardens of Belgium on the 11th October.
If you have any questions, or if you are interested in joining Linnaeus Link, please contact us.
Download a PDF version of the new leaflet: Linnaeus Link Leaflet 2012
The Linnaean Bibliography of Basil Soulsby
Linnaeus Link continues the bibliographic work of Basil H Soulsby, and acts as the official bibliography of Linnaean works.
Basil H Soulsby
A catalogue of the works of Linnaeus ... preserved in the libraries of the British Museum (Bloomsbury) and the British Museum (Natural History) (South Kensington), second edition, 1933