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Using EOL: Taxon Pages


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Using EOL: Taxon Pages

  1. 1. Using the Encyclopedia of Life EOL Taxon Pages: Utilizing EOL as a resource for information about life on earth
  2. 2. What is the Encyclopedia of Life? The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative effort among scientist and the general public to bring information together about all 1.9 million named and known species, in a common format, freely available on the internet. Taxon Pages Content on EOL is organized into Taxon Pages, ranging from kingdom all the way down to the species level. This tutorial will help you learn how to navigate EOL taxon pages.
  3. 3. Content Partners EOL serves species information from authoritative content partners, individuals scientists, citizen scientists, students and the general public. Below are some of our content partners: ..and many more
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  5. 5. Taxon Pages Information for each species on EOL is aggregated from hundreds of content partners into a common template called a Taxon Page. Each tab on the taxon page contains different content. Overview Tab
  6. 6. Detailed Information Taxon pages contain detailed information about the taxa is available in the Detail Tab. Details Tab
  7. 7. Media Images, video + sounds can be found in the Media Tab. Media Tab
  8. 8. Maps Occurrence data provided by GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) and other maps can be found in the Map Tab.
  9. 9. Names + Classifications The EOL collection can be browsed based on a number of different taxonomic hierarchies which are featured in the Overview and Names Tabs of every EOL taxon page. All taxonomic hierarchies featured on EOL are expert-vetted.
  10. 10. Community Look in the Community Tab to interact with others interested in the same taxa by viewing or creating a virtual collection or community.
  11. 11. Resources Links to other resources e.g. Identification resources can be found in the Resources Tab.
  12. 12. Literature In the Literature Tab you will find references provided by content partners and links to literature from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  13. 13. Biodiversity Heritage Library Literature The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make freely accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections. Find BHL literature under the Literature Tab on each taxon page.
  14. 14. Searching on EOL You can search for species by common name or scientific name. You can also search for EOL Collections and Communities. You can filter your search results by content type. Filter your search by content type
  15. 15. Trusted and Unreviewed Content EOL serves both trusted and unreviewed content. You can filter your results to show only one type of content.
  16. 16. EOL Content Priorities You may come across a taxon page with no information. This is because we do not have a content provider for this taxa yet. EOL has determined that many of these pages are of high priority and is reaching out to faculty that teach higher level courses, about the opportunity of having undergraduate and graduate students research and synthesize information about species on EOL’s high priority taxa list and then summarize this information in an overview or taxon page suitable for the general public.
  17. 17. Support EOL is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the following institutions: Atlas of Living Australia Biodiversity Heritage Library Chinese Academy of Sciences La Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO) Field Museum of Natural History Harvard University El Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio) Marine Biological Laboratory Missouri Botanical Garden NCB Naturalis - the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity New Library of Alexandria Smithsonian Institution South African National Biodiversity Institution (SANBI)
  18. 18. More Information Encyclopedia of Life EOL Learning + Education Questions? Email: education(at)