[Foundation-l] Encyclopedia of Life

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Thu May 10 02:33:59 UTC 2007

An exchange of materials would be lovely.

I saw Prof. Wilson a few days ago, and the E of L came up. He was a 
tremdnous fan of the idea of giving amateur biologists and species 
enthusiasts a way to contribute, as one might expect.

Is there any thought yet of official coordination with wikispecies,
or having some active wikispeciesists as representatives of enthusiastic 
digital biologists?


On Wed, 9 May 2007, teun spaans wrote:

> Nice to see they are prospering.
> I read about this project about 1-1/2 a year ago. As initiator of the ToL
> project on commons, I played with the thought about contacting dr. Wilson.
> Our aims are along the same track. There might be a base for exchanging
> stuff.
> teun spaans
> On 5/9/07, Brianna Laugher <brianna.laugher at gmail.com> wrote:
>> http://www.eol.org/home.html
>> "Imagine an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth,
>> available everywhere by single access on command. " --E.O. Wilson
>> They have an amazing number of sponsors, partner organisations, FUNDS,
>> etc...
>> Want to be mega-impressed? Check out one of their demo pages:
>> http://www.eol.org/vision/rice_expert.html (although they list
>> Wikipedia as one of the sources, which is, um...)
>> Now that's a killer interface.
i>> They don't have a statement about what the license will be, but they 
>> this:
>> "A possible area of obstacles or dangers is intellectual property. The
>> Encyclopedia will be very generous with credit and recognition, and we
>> will soon be posting a general statement of principle about open and
>> accessible content, encouraging sharing, and so on. The world of the
>> Internet and software changes so fast, we know we need to be very
>> alert to what are considered good and prudent practices."
>> From their FAQ:
>> ==
>> 6. What about Wikipedia?
>> Wikipedia inspired us. Wikipedia accumulated about 1.5 million entries
>> in English in its first four years. That gave us confidence that our
>> tasks are manageable with current technology and social behaviour,
>> although the expert community in a lot of the subjects for pages in
>> Encyclopedia of Life may be only a handful of people. Wikipedia has
>> also created some species pages, as have other groups. Encyclopedia of
>> Life will, we hope, unite all such efforts and increase their value.
>> The Wikimedia Foundation is a member of the Encyclopedia's
>> Institutional Council.
>> ==
>> I'm not sure what an 'Institutional Council' does.
>> (BTW didn't we used to own http://www.wikispecies.org/ ? It seems to
>> have lapsed, if so.)
>> So... hm, what will success for Wikispecies look like?
>> regards
>> Brianna
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