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May
13
2007

Every known species to be included.

Encylopedia of Life
Encylopedia of Life
For the first time in the history of the planet, scientists, students, and citizens will have multi-media access to all known living species, even those that have just been discovered.
The Encyclopedia of Life, to be developed over the next ten years, will provide, via the internet, written information and, when available, photographs, video, sound, location maps, and other multimedia information on each species. The Encyclopedia will be a moderated wiki-style environment.

In terms of practical accountability, efforts are currently being headed by a steering committee of senior officers from Harvard University, Smithsonian Institution, Field Museum, Marine Biological Laboratory, Biodiversity Heritage Library consortium, Missouri Botanical Garden, and the MacArthur and Sloan Foundations. ... Encyclopedia of Life and its board will work with scientists across the globe, securing the involvement of those individuals and institutions that are established experts on each species. Sources

$12.5 million in seed money.

Grant money from the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation($10 million) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ($2.5 million) enabled the project to pick up speed. The list of Encylopedia of Life's partners includes Edward O. Wilson as honorary chair of the advisory board.

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