The Encyclopedia of Life

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The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative online encyclopedia whose goal is to document all of the 1.8 million known species on earth. Each species has been given its own ever-expanding web page, to which scientists and non-scientists can contribute. The EOL went live on February 26 with 30,000 articles, and after a brief outage the next day due to overwhelming traffic, it’s once more up and running.

The 25 scientifically authenticated exemplar pages give a tantalizing glimpse into the EOL’s full potential; they have images, maps, and detailed information about the biology, ecology, and evolution of each species… It will be interesting to keep track of how the site itself evolves.

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