Monday, March 03, 2008

First Release of Encyclopedia of Life

I first posted about the Encylopedia of Life last May, now they have their first 30,000 pages up.
Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

. . . In this first version of the portal, you will find:

About 25 exemplar species pages. These pages show the kind of rich environment, with extensive information, to which all the species pages will eventually grow. These pages have been authenticated (endorsed) scientists.

Tens of thousands of additional species pages. These pages are authenticated, but do not contain the rich array of information found on the exemplar pages.

About 1 million minimal species pages contain the scientific and common names for a species and often have a distribution map, but lack other authenticated information.

Looks like a good start.


  1. I agree, this is an exciting site. The photographs and text information and organization combined makes for a wonderfully done site. The thing that is most exciting however, is the ability for people to contribute to the content. The best of an encyclopedia coupled with one of the better aspects of the digital age, the involvement of people as contributors not just consumers.

  2. This is a great blog. You have quite interesting ideas concerning the topic. i hope you keep up the good work on this blog. Its a cool idea for a ditigal encyclopedia...

  3. First thought: There's no hyperlinks in the text