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FAQ for HBW Alive institutional subscribers

HBW Alive will become the backbone of Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s new Birds of the World in early 2020. The renowned Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW Alive) content has transitioned from Lynx Edicions (Lynx) to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the Cornell Lab), where this exciting new platform is under development.

All current HBW Alive subscription accounts will be transitioned to the Cornell Lab and will be honored until the end of their terms. Cornell Lab will pursue new licensing contracts with each customer as the transition proceeds.

What is Birds of the World?

Birds of the World will be a dynamic, scholarly resource that blends science, technology, and multimedia to provide scientists, students, and keen birders with the ultimate publication for pursuing questions about birds. It will integrate HBW Alive with deep ornithological content from several of the Lab’s existing platforms and become fully integrated with the reporting and listing tools of eBird and the vast library of media resources from the Macaulay Library.

Birds of the World will strive to expand its depth and breadth while keeping its resources scholarly and current in order to meet the needs of the ornithological community.

When will Birds of the World be launched?

The new Birds of the World platform will launch in the first half of 2020. Meanwhile, customer and patron access to HBW Alive content will continue uninterrupted at www.hbw.com.

What will happen to our institutional HBW Alive account?

  • Your current contract with Lynx will remain valid until further notice. Lynx Edicions is responsible for servicing your account and all renewals until Birds of the World has launched.
  • Lynx Edicions sent emails requesting your permission for Cornell to communicate with you about your account. If you did not receive that email, please contact Lynx.
  • Cornell Lab will pursue new licensing contracts with each customer as the transition proceeds, with an expectation to have all institutions fully onboarded before December 31, 2020.
  • Cornell expects the Birds of the World platform to launch in early 2020.

HBW Alive institutional customers will be rewarded with FREE access to the deep, scholarly content found on Birds of North America until the launch of Birds of the World. So, the sooner you start this process, the better!

Will there be a price change for Birds of the World?

No price changes will occur prior to January, 2021. After that, digital subscriptions are priced on a sliding fee scale based on size and type of institution as well as usage. A Cornell Lab sales agent will work with you to provide a quote.

What added benefits will my institution enjoy with Birds of the World?

  • All customers will have unlimited concurrent users on the Birds of the World platform.
  • Customers will be able to access the resource through a broad set of IP ranges.
  • Smaller organizations can have remote access via username and password.
  • Customers will have access to monthly usage statistics (e.g., page views) upon request.
  • University patrons will have seamless access—no additional university log-in step will be required for authorization.

What are the access methods?

Birds of the World will be available via:

  • IP address/range (unlimited per customer)
  • EZ proxy
  • Referrer URL
  • Unique ID numbers

Additionally, remote access via username and password will be available for smaller organizations.

We work with a publishing agent. What happens next?

Please connect us with your publishing agent so we can discuss the process of onboarding your account. Also, let Lynx know you consent to communications from the Cornell Lab.

Why the Cornell Lab of Ornithology?

For the past 25 years, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has invested heavily in leveraging the power of the internet and rapidly advancing technologies to share authoritative information about birds with the world’s scientists and with global public audiences. From developing revolutionary tools for birders such as eBird and the Merlin Bird ID app, to gathering and archiving the world’s natural history media at the Macaulay Library, to serving the professional ornithological community through scholarly digital publications such as the Birds of North America and Neotropical Birds, the Lab is committed to developing and maintaining the technological and staffing infrastructure required to support and grow these services.

The Cornell Lab is committed to creating the best services for ornithologists, birders, and nature‐lovers worldwide.

Have other questions? Contact us.

Digital Publications Marketing Manager
Laura Kammermeier