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Linnaeus Link Project

Linnaeus Link is a comprehensive, online Union Catalogue of Linnaean publications, facilitating research for scholars worldwide.

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The Linnaeus Link Project is an international collaboration between libraries with significant holdings of Linnaean material.

A true “one-stop-shop”, it allows researchers to search for material across institutions world-wide, and conduct bibliographic research from their PC.

Read a new Article about Linnaeus Link in the UK's Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals magazine Update!

CILIP Update, August 2013, pp.34-36; with kind permission by CILIP

Linnaeus Link is funded, maintained and co-ordinated by the Linnean Society of London.

It also acts as the official bibliography of works by and relating to Linnaeus and his legacy by using and continuing the bibliographic work of Basil Soulsby (please see bottom of page).


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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:

The New Linnaeus Link:

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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