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EOL biotracker briefing

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Kicking off a new NSF-supported project at University of Maryland called Biotracker. This show introduces Encyclopedia of Life to the students who will be creating games, a community, and computer vision tools for mobile phone-based identification of species.

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EOL biotracker briefing

  1. 1. BiotrackerBriefing<br />24 Aug 2010<br />Cynthia Parr<br />Species Pages Group <br />
  2. 2. Aims today<br />EOL background<br />How EOL works<br />Status<br />Themes and Regional EOLs<br />Fellows<br />Working with EOL<br />
  3. 3. Imagine an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth.<br />-Edward O. Wilson<br />
  4. 4. http://www.eol.org<br /><ul><li>All species known to science
  5. 5. Freely accessible: open access, open source
  6. 6. Available from a single portal in a common format
  7. 7. Quality
  8. 8. Constantly growing
  9. 9. Aimed at multiple audiences</li></li></ul><li>Catalogue of Life<br />IUCN<br />Content providers<br />Databases<br />LifeDesks<br /> Public contribution<br />CURATORS<br />COMMENTERS<br />TAGGERS<br />GBIF<br />Biodiversity Heritage Library<br />
  10. 10. Typical species page<br />
  11. 11. Objects can come from many partners<br />Objects are sorted by topic<br />Each partner gets credit<br />
  12. 12. Maps from global museum and observation data<br />
  13. 13. Links to digital literature<br />
  14. 14. Curation, Comments, Tags<br />
  15. 15. Not<br />Not<br />
  16. 16. Not Wikipedia<br />
  17. 17. Statistics<br /><ul><li>2.4 million pages
  18. 18. Over 45 content partners providing 1.7 million data objects on 400,000 taxon pages
  19. 19. 330,000 pages with vetted objects
  20. 20. 430 curators/1000s contributors/~43,000 members</li></li></ul><li>EOL’s content trajectory is promising<br />Species pages with a vetted object<br />Year<br />
  21. 21. Themes, e.g. Marine<br />90% of 230,000 marine species by 2013<br />78,000 pages with content so far, about 1/3<br />Upcoming themes:<br />Invasives? Beetles? Plants?<br />
  22. 22. Regional EOLs<br />Norway<br />Dutch<br />North America<br />China<br />Pan-Arab<br />Central America<br />Australia<br />South Africa<br />
  23. 23. EOL Rubenstein Fellows program<br /><ul><li>Support ~15 early career scientists each year
  24. 24. Share content related to their research
  25. 25. Engage other scientists, help us do a better job
  26. 26. 35% of current fellows and 53% of mentors are affiliated with the Smithsonian
  27. 27. 3000 pages so far</li></li></ul><li>Working with EOL: Organization<br />
  28. 28. Working with EOL:Roadmap discussion<br />Launch v.2 in June or July of next year<br />Revamped interface<br />Improved interaction<br />Personas<br />Improved APIs (see http://www.eol.org/api)<br />
  29. 29. Cornerstone Institutions<br />Invaluable support<br /><ul><li>John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  30. 30. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  31. 31. Cornerstone Institutions
  32. 32. Grants
  33. 33. Private Donors
  34. 34. The Biodiversity Heritage Library
  35. 35. The Field Museum of Natural History
  36. 36. The Missouri Botanical Garden
  37. 37. The Marine Biological Laboratory
  38. 38. Harvard University
  39. 39. The Smithsonian Institution</li>

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