[WikiEN-l] Encyclopedia of Life kicks off

Steven Walling steven.walling at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 21:39:38 UTC 2008

Still seems to be either slow or down completely.

"...our exciting journey to document all species of life on Earth."? Isn't
quite uncontroversial among scientific circles to note that we haven't even
documented a large part of life on earth, much less enough to write
encyclopedia articles on each and every species? Seems a little bit of an
overblown goal.

Considering that "The immense amount of information in the encyclopedia is
being drawn from a variety of sources, including several existing specialist
databases such as AmphibiaWeb and FishBase.", it seems to me they are just
taking advantage of other people's hard work rather than building their own

As for, "The project will solicit the help of users to submit photos and
information for assessment by an authentication team.", sounds just like the
reason Nupedia failed and why Citizendium doesn't even have an article on
everyday species such as sheep.

I just don't generally see why this would be engaging as a resource or as a
participatory endeavor, personally.

On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 8:52 AM, Florence Devouard <Anthere9 at yahoo.com>

> Magnus Manske wrote:
> > And it's... down again. I didn't know we could slashdot a site by
> > mentioning it on wikien-l...
> >
> > Magnus
> fond memories from 2002-2003 :-)
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