Here comes another massive e-project! Have you heard news about an upcoming website, the Encyclopedia of Life? Well, this is supposed to be a quite ambitious project that involves scientists from all over the world in an effort to compile all we know about the Earth’s 1.8 million species! And the best thing about it (which probably makes the publishers’ teeth clinch…), it’s going to be FREE!
According to a recent press release, the Encyclopedia of Life “will provide written information and, when available, photographs, video, sound, location maps, and other multimedia information on each species.” Sample demonstration pages currently posted on the web site show what the scientists hope to do. Moreover, the web site will be built as a moderated wiki which will accept public contributions after the approval of scientific review. Here’s another example of the democracy of knowledge in its making!
Keep your eyes open for it! I bet the Encyclopedia of Life is going to be an amazing resource!