[WikiEN-l] Encyclopedia of Life kicks off
geniice at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 21:51:00 UTC 2008
On 26/02/2008, Steven Walling <steven.walling at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
They plan to add species as they are discovered.
> 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
Could be argued that we do that everytime we cite someone. Then there is Rambot.
> 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.
They have $50m funding. Buys then a lot of requests for images. I
suggest we respond by raising the bar and requesting users submit
videos of species.
> I just don't generally see why this would be engaging as a resource or as a
> participatory endeavor, personally.
It is meant to appeal more to traditional academics.
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