Back in May I mentioned the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and its efforts to catalog every single organism on earth. Their mission statement gives you an idea of their ambitious project:
Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Our goal is to create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike. To transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating all known data about every living species. And ultimately, to increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and
safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity.
That’s nothing short of awesome. The site is chock-full of wondrous illustrations, photographs, and comprehensive information on all matter of species, with links to sites that provide additional information.
The EOL has a fantastic blog too, documenting a variety of EOL projects, interesting species, conservancy issues, and everything related to the natural world–check out the latest post (yikes!). They also have a fantastic Flickr group. The site is growing and adding new species data so there’s always something new and interesting to hold your attention.
Libraries, add EOL to your databases collection!