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What is the Encyclopedia of Life?
What is the Encyclopedia of Life?
Published: 2012/08/16
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EOL - Encyclopedia of Life
EOL - Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2008/02/28
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The Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2007/05/09
Channel: Patrick Leary
E.O. Wilson calls for an Encyclopedia of Life
E.O. Wilson calls for an Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2007/04/05
Channel: TED
Encyclopedia of Life
Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2008/02/19
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E.O. Wilson: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life [Legendado]
E.O. Wilson: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life [Legendado]
Published: 2015/02/26
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Encyclopedia of My 6th Grade Life EXAMPLE - Score 10/10
Encyclopedia of My 6th Grade Life EXAMPLE - Score 10/10
Published: 2015/01/30
Channel: Paul Chun
TEDxMidAtlantic 2011 - Bob Corrigan - Building the Encyclopedia of Life
TEDxMidAtlantic 2011 - Bob Corrigan - Building the Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2011/12/02
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Announcement of the Encyclopedia of Life
Announcement of the Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2008/09/27
Channel: macfound
The Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2014/08/07
Channel: Library of Alexandria "Bibliotheca Alexandrina" Channel
The Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2012/10/03
Channel: Library of Alexandria "Bibliotheca Alexandrina" Channel
E.O. Wilson on the Encyclopedia of Life
E.O. Wilson on the Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2008/12/17
Channel: Big Think
The Encyclopedia of Life: A Vision for a Global Collaborative Project
The Encyclopedia of Life: A Vision for a Global Collaborative Project
Published: 2012/06/12
Channel: TeachEthnobotany
Encyclopedia of my Life
Encyclopedia of my Life
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: olivia nicole
North American Encyclopedia of Life Demo
North American Encyclopedia of Life Demo
Published: 2010/05/05
Channel: rgallen8
Encyclopedia of Life on TALK BUSINESS 360
Encyclopedia of Life on TALK BUSINESS 360
Published: 2013/12/18
Channel: TALK BUSINESS 360 TV
E.O. Wilson: Encyclopedia of Life
E.O. Wilson: Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2008/12/03
Channel: hthvideo
Encyclopedia of Life launch
Encyclopedia of Life launch
Published: 2007/05/13
Channel: Donat Agosti
Mata: The Encyclopedia of Life: Raising Awareness and Understanding of Living Nature
Mata: The Encyclopedia of Life: Raising Awareness and Understanding of Living Nature
Published: 2013/01/29
Channel: YaleUniversity
生活小百科 Encyclopedia of Life
生活小百科 Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2014/04/15
Channel: Jeff Yeung
Encyclopedia of Life
Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2013/01/13
Channel: Graham Bull
DJ U.S.S.R.-Encyclopedia of life
DJ U.S.S.R.-Encyclopedia of life
Published: 2009/04/04
Channel: Timigod
Encyclopedia of life: how to make cans
Encyclopedia of life: how to make cans
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: Guobao Li
Encyclopedia of Life (Feb 2008 Launch)
Encyclopedia of Life (Feb 2008 Launch)
Published: 2008/02/28
Channel: David Shorthouse
Features of UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems Part 1
Features of UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems Part 1
Published: 2015/01/22
Channel: Eolss Net
Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well Being Research
Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well Being Research
Published: 2016/04/30
Channel: Avis Wise
Encyclopedia of Life (Feb 2008 Launch)
Encyclopedia of Life (Feb 2008 Launch)
Published: 2008/02/28
Channel: David Shorthouse
Brazil Today An Encyclopedia Of Life In The Republic 2 Vol
Brazil Today An Encyclopedia Of Life In The Republic 2 Vol
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: Viviana Kyndall
UNESCO Encyclopedia of life Support Systems - Introduction
UNESCO Encyclopedia of life Support Systems - Introduction
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: Eolss Net
Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia
Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: meyta arifah
TALK BUSINESS 360 Interview with Encyclopedia of Life
TALK BUSINESS 360 Interview with Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: TALK BUSINESS 360 TV
North American Encyclopedia of Life Demo: Mussels
North American Encyclopedia of Life Demo: Mussels
Published: 2010/05/05
Channel: rgallen8
The Encyclopedia of Life: Demystifying Biodiversity Data Through Open Access
The Encyclopedia of Life: Demystifying Biodiversity Data Through Open Access
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: CRDF Global
Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research
Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research
Published: 2014/09/19
Channel: SpringerVideos
The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama: Life is Hard... Let
The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama: Life is Hard... Let's Go Shopping
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: culturadeelite
North american Encyclopedia of Life Demo: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
North american Encyclopedia of Life Demo: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
Published: 2010/05/05
Channel: rgallen8
Encyclopedia of Life Sea Cucumber Podcast and Google Earth Tour
Encyclopedia of Life Sea Cucumber Podcast and Google Earth Tour
Published: 2010/02/11
Channel: lubaro1977
Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life (Book Collection)
Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life (Book Collection)
Published: 2014/11/23
Channel: My Book Collection
Kingfisher Encyclopedia of Life Life Spans in Minutes Months Millennia
Kingfisher Encyclopedia of Life Life Spans in Minutes Months Millennia
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Charlotte G.
The Encyclopedia of Email
The Encyclopedia of Email
Published: 2008/02/29
Channel: nicadodotnet
Encyclopedia of Life
Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Search Engine
Knowledge extraction and semantic linking in the Encyclopedia of Life
Knowledge extraction and semantic linking in the Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2013/04/27
Channel: bostonpython
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, 26 Volume Set Pdf Book
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, 26 Volume Set Pdf Book
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: Polan
Encyclopedia of life how to produce honey
Encyclopedia of life how to produce honey
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: Guobao Li
Premio SGE Iniciativa/Empresa 2011 EOL (ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE)
Premio SGE Iniciativa/Empresa 2011 EOL (ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE)
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: Sociedad Geográfica Española
Brazil Today 2 volumes An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic
Brazil Today 2 volumes An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: adul jajang
Dogs-Encyclopedia of Life - Animals - At work dogs
Dogs-Encyclopedia of Life - Animals - At work dogs
Published: 2014/04/23
Channel: Claudia Tudosa
Cyber4Paleo Webinar 3: EarthCube Community Engagement and Encyclopedia of Life
Cyber4Paleo Webinar 3: EarthCube Community Engagement and Encyclopedia of Life
Published: 2014/03/06
Channel: Cyber Paleo
Amy KR presents..."Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life"
Amy KR presents..."Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life"
Published: 2010/10/28
Channel: amy krouse rosenthal
Book encyclopedia: Life on the Earth
Book encyclopedia: Life on the Earth
Published: 2014/07/21
Channel: AroundTheWorld2014
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Encyclopedia of Life
EOL logo.svg
Type of site
Encyclopedia
Available in
Created by Field Museum
Harvard University
MacArthur Foundation
Marine Biological Laboratory
Missouri Botanical Garden
Sloan Foundation
Smithsonian Institution
Website eol.org
Alexa rank 57,646 (July 2016)[1]
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)
Current status Active

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a free, online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the 1.9 million living species known to science. It is compiled from existing databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world.[2] It aims to build one "infinitely expandable" page for each species, including video, sound, images, graphics, as well as text.[3] In addition, the Encyclopedia incorporates content from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, which digitizes millions of pages of printed literature from the world's major natural history libraries. The project was initially backed by a US$50 million funding commitment, led by the MacArthur Foundation and the Sloan Foundation, who provided US$20 million and US$5 million, respectively. The additional US$25 million came from five cornerstone institutions—the Field Museum, Harvard University, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution. The project was initially led by Jim Edwards[4] and the development team by David Patterson. Today, participating institutions and individual donors continue to support EOL through financial contributions.

Overview[edit]

EOL went live on 26 February 2008 with 30,000 entries.[5] The site immediately proved to be extremely popular, and temporarily had to revert to demonstration pages for two days when it was overrun by traffic from over 11 million views it received.[6]

The site relaunched on 5 September 2011 with a redesigned interface and tools.[7] The new version – referred to as EOLv2 – was developed in response to requests from the general public, citizen scientists, educators and professional biologists for a site that was more engaging, accessible and personal. EOLv2 is redesigned to enhance usability and encourage contributions and interactions among users. The product is also internationalized with interfaces provided for English, German, Spanish, French, Galician, Serbian, Macedonian, Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Ukrainian language speakers. On 16 January 2014, EOL launched TraitBank, a searchable, open digital repository for organism traits, measurements, interactions and other facts for all taxa across the tree of life.[8]

The initiative's Executive Committee includes senior officers from the Atlas of Living Australia, the Biodiversity Heritage Library consortium, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, CONABIO, Field Museum, Harvard University, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria), MacArthur Foundation, Marine Biological Laboratory, Missouri Botanical Garden, Sloan Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution.[9][10]

Intention[edit]

Information about many species is already available from a variety of sources, in particular about the megafauna. Gathering currently available data on all 1.9 million species will take about 10 years.[11] As of September 2011, EOL had information on more than 700,000 species available, along with more than 600,000 photos and millions of pages of scanned literature.[12] The initiative relies on indexing information compiled by other efforts, including the Sp2000 and ITIS Catalogue of Life, Fishbase and the Assembling Tree of Life project of NSF, AmphibiaWeb, Mushroom explorer, microscope, etc. The initial focus has been on living species but will later include extinct species. As the discovery of new species is expected to continue (the current rate is about 20,000 per year), the encyclopedia will grow continuously. As taxonomy finds new ways to include species discovered by molecular techniques, the rate of new species additions will increase – in particular in respect of the microbial work of (eu)bacteria, archaebacteria and viruses.

The goal of EOL is to serve as a resource for the general public, enthusiastic amateurs, educators, students and professional scientists from around the world.[2]

Resources and collaborations[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Life has content partners around the world who share information through the EOL platform,[13] including Wikipedia and Flickr.

Its interface is translated at translatewiki.net.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eol.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b "EOL History". Eol.org. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ Odling-Smee, Lucy (2007-05-09). "Encyclopedia of Life launched". Nature. doi:10.1038/news070508-7. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  4. ^ "James Edwards - Encyclopedia of Life". Eol.org. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  5. ^ Zimmer, Carl (2008-02-26). "The Encyclopedia of Life, No Bookshelf Required". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  6. ^ "Life Encyclopedia Debut Too Popular to Stay "Live"". National Geographic. Associated Press. February 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  7. ^ "New Version of Encyclopedia of Life Now Available – Encyclopedia of Life". Eol.org. 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  8. ^ "TraitBank: Practical semantics for organism attribute data". Semantic-web-journal.net. 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  9. ^ "Scientists compile 'book of life'". BBC News. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  10. ^ "Meet the Team: Executive Committee". EOL. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  11. ^ "Encyclopédie de la vie: Une arche de Noé virtuelle!". Radio-Canada. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  12. ^ "New Version of the Encyclopedia of Life Now Available". Eol.org. 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  13. ^ "EOL Content Partners". Eol.org. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 

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