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2012-07-06 11:42:31

Public to play major role in mobilizing expanded range of data needed to preserve vital functions of life on Earth, conference concludes. A landmark conference has agreed key priorities for harnessing the power of information technologies and social networks to understand better the workings of life on Earth, focussing on how biodiversity can continue to sustain human lives and livelihoods. The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC), gathering some 100 experts from around the...

2012-01-04 09:05:41

Increase in content partnerships, growing Spanish-language text, conservation content, and images boost Encyclopedia of Life's value to scientists and general public The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL, www.eol.org) continues to expand at a record pace with the addition of new content and partners. At the start of 2012, EOL provides data on nearly half of all described species, with new content in Spanish, rich information about conservation issues from the International Union for the...

2012-01-02 12:04:48

Pioneering electronic publication of new plant species The changes to the publication requirements of new names for algae, fungi and plants accepted at the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne in July 2011 initiated several important challenges to scientists, publishers and information specialists. To address practical questions arising from the Congress decisions, the open access journal PhytoKeys will publish a series of seven exemplar papers, one each day for the first...

Encyclopedia Of Life Announces New And Expanded Data
2011-09-06 10:29:49

  In the three years since the Encyclopedia of Life was first released online, the number of individual species of plants and animals listed has grown from 30,000 to an impressive 700,000, meaning that more than a third of all the planets 1.9 million species are now covered. The Encyclopedia of Life (EoL) was launched online in February 2008 and has grown tremendously, seeking the help of citizen scientists from around the world in an ambitious attempt to catalog all the species of...

2011-09-05 09:00:00

Groundbreaking web initiative provides trusted information on 700,000 species, 35 million pages of scanned literature and over 600,000 photos Redesigned site now lets users create and share virtual collections WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The second edition of the free, online collaborative Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) debuts today with a redesign and new features making it easier to use, personalize, and to interact with fellow biodiversity enthusiasts worldwide....

2011-02-14 15:52:05

A signature of undiscovered global diversity In an unprecedented coming-out party, 100 newly discovered species are revealed to the world in a single scholarly paper coordinated by Field Museum scientists. The 100 organisms are lichens, a type of fungi that form associations with algae and populate environments from arctic tundra to tropical rain forests. And the usual inattention bestowed upon new lichens is one reason for aggregating so many new ones in a single paper in the Feb. 18 issue...

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2009-08-24 06:05:00

A free online collaborative encyclopedia which aims to document all of the 1.8 million living species known to science has hit 170,000 entries so far and is helping research into many things, including aging, climate change, and the spread of insect pests. In 2007, the website "Encyclopedia of Life" was first launched, anticipated to cost somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million. It is compiled from existing databases and from contributions from experts as well as non-experts across the...

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2009-06-01 13:50:00

Scientists are compiling an Internet-based observatory of life on Earth as a guide to everything from the impact of climate change on wildlife to pests that can damage crops, Reuters reported. James Edwards, head of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) based at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, said the 10-year project hopes to have millions of people providing data in the long term. With the help of scientific organizations around the world, the project will link up thousands of computer...

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2008-06-25 13:05:00

World Register of Marine Species inaugurated with first 122,500 validated names; over 56,000 aliases for ocean species identified Census of Marine Life-affiliated scientists consolidating world databases of ocean organisms have demoted to alias status almost one-third of all names culled from 34 regional and highly specialized inventories. The new World Register of Marine Species contains about 122,500 validated marine species names (experts having recognized and tidied up some 56,400 aliases...

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2008-02-27 09:55:00

A new online Encyclopedia of Life debuted yesterday, but quickly crashed on its first day of operation after its servers were overwhelmed by the high numbers of visitors to the site.  Scientists at the Encyclopedia of Life, which will ultimately contain over 1 million pages devoted to different species of life on Earth, sought advice from experts from the popular Web site Wikipedia, the leading free-content encyclopedia on the Internet.  "We've been overwhelmed by traffic,"...