2007.Sci Foo

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V. S. Smith. Science publishing for the MySpace generation: MySpecies and the Encyclopedia of Life

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2007.Sci Foo

  1. 1. Science Publishing for the MySpace Generation MySpecies the Encyclopedia of Life Vincent S. Smith
  2. 2. Biodiversity Science The foundation for all biological disciplines Mission… • Inventory the Earth’s species • Understand their relationships • Create predictive information systems from these data Data set… • 1.8M described species (10M names) • 300M pages (over last 250 years) • 1.5-3B specimens Staff… • 4-6,000 scientists • 30-40,000 amateurs • Many more citizen scientists?
  3. 3. Biodiversity Science The foundation for all biological disciplines 250 yr progress report… • Up to 87% of life on Earth is still undescribed • 6% of biodiversity scientists cover 80% of the worlds biodiversity • At present rates most species will be extinct long before we describe them

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