Katja Schulz
SchulzK@si.edu
EOL Species Pages Group
In the beginning...
In the beginning...
In the beginning...
In the beginning...
In the beginning...
First launched in February 2008
First launched in February 2008
First launched in February 2008
First launched in February 2008
The EOL Project
All biodiversity information
Open access
Single portal
Common format
Quality control
Always growing
The EOL Project
All biodiversity information
Open access
Single portal
Common format
Quality control
Always growing



  ~...
How EOL works
How EOL works
Combine scientific credibility with public enthusiasm
How EOL works
Combine scientific credibility with public enthusiasm

  Scientific community
   • Assemble scientific infor...
How EOL works
Combine scientific credibility with public enthusiasm

  Scientific community
   • Assemble scientific infor...
EOL pages feature materials from many different content partners
EOL pages feature materials from many different content partners
Content Sharing
 >60 Content Partners with established data flow
Content Sharing
    >60 Content Partners with established data flow
Alaska Fisheries Science Ctr.        EOL Rapid Respons...
Regional EOLs
 Serve content in many languages
 Collaborate with international Partners
Regional EOLs
 Serve content in many languages
 Collaborate with international Partners
 Regional EOLs

                  ...
Regional
                  Serving regional
                  needs in regional
                  language
Basic tools
   ...
Open Access!
 Attribution for authors/source collections
 All content must be available for redistribution/reuse
 • public...
Open Access!
 Attribution for authors/source collections
 All content must be available for redistribution/reuse
  • publi...
EOL Content - Current Status

 >2.4 million taxa
 >1.7 million data objects
 almost 400,000 taxon pages
 > 300,000 pages w...
Katja Schulz
SchulzK@si.edu
EOL Species Pages Group
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  • As with all great projects, there are a number of different creation myths associated with the Encyclopedia of Life.....
  • One of the most popular ones is that a man had an idea...
  • ... he made a wish ...
  • ... and the money started flowing....

    Of course, the real story is a bit more complicated than that. There were actually a lot of different people involved in the conception, gestation, and birth of EOL, and some day somebody is probably going to write a book about this.
  • What we do know for sure is that thanks to funding from the MacArthur & Sloan Foundations and the EOL cornerstone institutions, the project gained considerable momentum during 2007 ....
  • ... and the first version of the web site launched in February 2008.
  • The site has since gone through several transformations and will continue to change to adapt to the needs of its audience and contributors.
  • So, the major goals of the EOL project are: to make all biodiversity information openly accessible, through a single portal, in a common format, and to provide some form of quality control for the materials featured in the collection.

    EOL will always be growing, as researchers find out new things about described species and discover new ones.
  • We estimate that it will take about ten years to prepare the basic information on the currently known species and to set up a robust process whereby new species are incorporated as they are described.
  • So how does EOL get its content?
  • What we are trying to do is to combine scientific credibility with public enthusiasm.
  • So we are asking the scientific community to assemble the core information in our collection and to authenticate materials from diverse sources.
  • In addition, we are making it possible for the general public to submit photos, videos, and other species information, and from that pool we then identify valuable submissions and integrate them in our authoritative collection.
  • Pages are assembled with contributions from many content partners
    Point out attribution
  • Pages are assembled with contributions from many content partners
    Point out attribution
  • Content partners provide information to EOL in XML format
    EOL periodically harvest data
    Data from scientific projects pre-vetted

  • Content partners provide information to EOL in XML format
    EOL periodically harvest data
    Data from scientific projects pre-vetted

  • Although EOL is currently run almost entirely from within the US, the project aims to be international in scope. Eventually, we want to present content in as many different languages as possible, and we are trying to achieve this goal by working with organizations in many different countries.
  • We are also establishing so-called Regional EOLs in a number of different areas around the world. For the regions highlighted on this map regional EOL projects are already well underway, while others are still in the early planning stages.
  • Regional EOLs are EOL sister sites, that use the software and branding of EOL but provide their own funding and content development efforts. These projects will focus on the flora and fauna of their region while using materials from the global EOL project to provide context. Content will also be translated and shared between and among regional EOLs and the global EOL site.

  • I have mentioned the word open access several times, what does that mean?

  • I have mentioned the word open access several times, what does that mean?
  • We currently have many more taxa in our database than there are described species: duplication of taxa. We have over 1.7 million data objects on almost 400,000 taxon pages. Also, we have over 300,000 pages that feature at least one vetted data object, i.e., a text section or an image that has been evaluated by an expert. We also have over 70,000 pages where we have no information from scientific sources, but we have picked up information from unvetted sources such as Wikipedia and Flickr.

  • EOL Intro

    1. 1. Katja Schulz SchulzK@si.edu EOL Species Pages Group
    2. 2. In the beginning...
    3. 3. In the beginning...
    4. 4. In the beginning...
    5. 5. In the beginning...
    6. 6. In the beginning...
    7. 7. First launched in February 2008
    8. 8. First launched in February 2008
    9. 9. First launched in February 2008
    10. 10. First launched in February 2008
    11. 11. The EOL Project All biodiversity information Open access Single portal Common format Quality control Always growing
    12. 12. The EOL Project All biodiversity information Open access Single portal Common format Quality control Always growing ~10 years
    13. 13. How EOL works
    14. 14. How EOL works Combine scientific credibility with public enthusiasm
    15. 15. How EOL works Combine scientific credibility with public enthusiasm Scientific community • Assemble scientific information • Authenticate information – CURATORS
    16. 16. How EOL works Combine scientific credibility with public enthusiasm Scientific community • Assemble scientific information • Authenticate information – CURATORS Students, teachers, enthusiasts • Submit photos, videos, other species information • Submissions with scientific value are brought into authenticated pages
    17. 17. EOL pages feature materials from many different content partners
    18. 18. EOL pages feature materials from many different content partners
    19. 19. Content Sharing >60 Content Partners with established data flow
    20. 20. Content Sharing >60 Content Partners with established data flow Alaska Fisheries Science Ctr. EOL Rapid Response Pictures of Tropical Lichens Alpheidae - Snapping Shrimp FieldScope Plazi.org AmphibiaWeb Finding Species Public Health Image Library AnAge FishBase Radiolaria.org Animal Diversity Web Flickr Scott Namestnik Antarctic Invertebrates Freshwater Turtles & Tortoises GBIF Shorefishes Tropical Eastern Pacific AntWeb Hexacorallions of the World Smithsonian North American Mammals Arctic Ocean Biodiversity Hypogymnia Solanaceae Source ARKive Illinois Wildflowers Spiders AskNature Indiana Dunes Bioblitz Barcode of Life Datasystems Tree of Life Web Project Inotaxa BioLib.cz Trilobites Online IUCN Biolib.de Tunicata Leptogastrinae LifeDesk Biology of Aging University of Alberta Museums LepTree BioPedia USDA NRCS PLANTS Database Metalmark Moths of the World Biopix WhyReef Micro*scope Braconidae Wikimedia Commons Missouri Botanical Garden Catalogue of Life Wikipedia MorphBank Image Repository Consortium for the Barcode of LIfe World Register of Marine Species Mushroom Observer Zookeys Diatom LifeDesk Nemertea
    21. 21. Regional EOLs Serve content in many languages Collaborate with international Partners
    22. 22. Regional EOLs Serve content in many languages Collaborate with international Partners Regional EOLs Norway Dutch North America Pan-Arab China Central America South Africa Australia
    23. 23. Regional Serving regional needs in regional language Basic tools Shares pages Relevant Translations data Global Other region Serving international needs Other region All species
    24. 24. Open Access! Attribution for authors/source collections All content must be available for redistribution/reuse • public domain • creative commons licenses, except nd
    25. 25. Open Access! Attribution for authors/source collections All content must be available for redistribution/reuse • public domain • creative commons licenses, except nd Building a global biodiversity commons of high quality resources to support diverse projects in research, education, conservation, policy making
    26. 26. EOL Content - Current Status >2.4 million taxa >1.7 million data objects almost 400,000 taxon pages > 300,000 pages with vetted data objects almost 400 curators >70,000 pages with unvetted data objects only >900,000 pages with links to literature
    27. 27. Katja Schulz SchulzK@si.edu EOL Species Pages Group

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