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Encyclopedia of Life

You’ve likely heard of this mega-project but I thought I’d blog it since it’s just such an interesting example of a wiki on steroids and a grand vision like the human genome project.
Cathy Norton, The Encyclopedia of Life, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Biodiversity Informatics and Beyond Web 2.0, First Monday, August 4, 2008.
E.O. Wilson, the noted entomologist at Harvard, “wished” for an authoritative encyclopedia of life that would be freely available on the worldwide web for the entire world. On 9 May 2007, The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) was launched as a multi–institutional initiative whose mission is to create 1.8 million Web sites detailing all the known attributes, history, and behavior, about every known and described species and portraying that information through video, audio, and literature, via the Internet. A major contributor to the Encyclopedia is the Biodiversity Heritage Library that is currently scanning all the core biodiversity literature.”


Posted on: October 25, 2008, 11:50 pm Category: Uncategorized

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