Introduction to EOL v2 for Crossroads


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  • Global – the whole worldAccess – free, re-usableKnowledge – synthesized, not rawLife on Earth – biological diversity
  • Milions of pages with a name at least – more than 3 million -- more than 2 million data objects distributed on those pages, including over 400,000 images
  • Our development of EOLv2 is following this path – in version one we developed the core ability to aggregate and curate data. In version 2 we are ensuring that
  • EOL is a giant mashup that merges information that were created elsewhere on its pages which are then available for curators (mostly credentialed scientists) to trust or untrust and rate, or for anybody to provide comments or tags.We’re partnering with over a hundred scientific databases as well as public conribution sites like Flickr and Wikipedia.100+ partner databases700 curators/1000s contributors/46,000 members2.8 million pages500 thousand pages with Creative Commons contentOver 2 million data objects and >1 million pages with links to research literatureTraffic in past year: 1.7 million unique users, 6.2 million page views
  • Collections might be practical, like helping people learn more about the foods that we eat, like posting lists of wanted things, like this list of microorganisms found by Jessica Green in the air ducts of office buildings.Help people put their information in context that are meaningful to them.Do you want crowds to help annotate items in the collection with a controlled vocabulary? Do you want to know the average riches of pages in the collection?
  • Some communities are groups of people in the same geographic location. Some communities have a purpose – people interested in mlultilingual content can help find it and develop more content in their languages. Others may have a common biological group of interest.We’re hoping that communities will feel empowered to find and improve the content that is of interest to them. Thus expanding curation or quality control is an important feature to
  • Compare to Dawn Field’s: Metadata richness index
  • Introduction to EOL v2 for Crossroads

    1. 1. EOLv2
    2. 2. v2: Scope & Engagement• All species• Global• Many audiences – enthusiasts – scientists – learners – citizen scientists
    3. 3. eol.orgAggregation Engagement• Assemble • Internationalize• Curate • Personalize • ContextualizeEOL v1 EOL v2
    4. 4. EOL aggregates and curatesScientific Databases, includingBHL, GBIF, ALA, INBio, COL,Scratchpads, LifeDesksScientific Journals Curate Aggregate Comment Rate, Collect Quality control, prioritization API Third party apps
    5. 5. Summarizing knowledge Not managing raw data
    6. 6. Many topicsMorphology, conservation, behavior ecology, genomics links to educational resources links to identification resources links to citizen science projects
    7. 7. NCBITaxonomy is framework Not the goal ITIS and COL
    8. 8. ContributionsImages via Flickr or Wikimedia Text on the site Rating of objects Comments and other
    9. 9. v2 engagement: Collections
    10. 10. v2 engagement: Communities toshare interests or to share work
    11. 11. • Collections as checklists• Third-party app using collections to instantly set up new mobile data entry• Could copy items & annotations to reflect actual observations
    12. 12. V2 engagement: Internationalization• Spanish – INBio, CONABIO• Arabic – Bibliotheca Alexandrina• Translatewiki for interfaces in other languages
    13. 13. v2: Incentives for improvement See updates tab priority_taxa_on_eol Image credit: Peter Förster
    14. 14. Volunteer curators• Assistant curators – No credentials needed other than real name – Have some powers – Will have reports on those powers• Full curators – Broad powers – Credentials include membership in society, referral from professionals, successful record as assistant curator• Master curators – Have power to manage other curators to ensure policies of inclusion and courtesy are followed
    15. 15. Take-home messages• EOL helps taxonomists and others reach broader audiences via engagement• All users invited to contribute• Path to full curator status• We are international and localizable• We have priorities and ways to assess rich content
    16. 16. AcknowledgementsFunding from: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Alfred P. Sloane Foundation Smithsonian Institution Marine Biological Laboratory Harvard University and other funders and donorsAll our content partners and global partners, especially: INBio -- Costa Rica Bibliotheca Alexandrina -- Egypt CONABIO – Mexico GBIFVolunteer curators and individual contributors via Flickr, Wikimedia, and members of EOL