[Foundation-l] Encyclopedia of Life
teun.spaans at gmail.com
Thu May 10 20:07:09 UTC 2007
i just heard from one of the volunteers on the Dutch wiki that he may
possibly become involved as a programmer on this project. He already
developed an important biodiversity portal.
On 5/10/07, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> > project on commons, I played with the thought about contacting dr.
> > 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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