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    Encyclopedia of Life

    http://www.eol.org/

    Pretty crazy and ambitious project which records every living organism on Earth. After that they will start recording all the known extinct species. Don't know how this will pan out but it's pretty cool so far
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    Hari Seldon ftw!

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    Thanks LaPalida you always have some great stuff to show. I'll be keeping an eye on this.
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    I heard about this on NPR the other day. It sounds like it would be an awesome resource when they finally make some headway on it. I love that sample picture of the Yeti-Crab.

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    Awesome! Glad you guys liked it
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    Sounds like it is going to be a cool project.
    Thx for sharing LaPalida.

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    I really wanna see this thing take off. It would be an invaluable resource. Getting actual, physical encyclopedias and looking up all this info would take forever, must be hard work.

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    Maybe in the future when DNA sampling is (much) cheaper, it will be possible to store DNA in the encyclopedia aswell. According to the internet, human DNA is about 600mb using zip compression. Some 50 years in the future we might be able to sample bug DNA with our Cell phone-PDA-tricorder and upload just for the lulz.
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    I wonder if they will list Deities. The extinct ones and the real ones....

    All jokes aside however, this is a very cool thing they are doing and thanks for sharing the link. I hope they are successful.


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    the current goal is to document every species currently known to man. somewhere around 1.8 million. Which by all estimates is a very small fraction of all species on earth.

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    Hasn't wiki already got this covered? Seems like it would be better if they put their effort to refine and add data to something that already exists then make their own from scratch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadlyFreeze View Post
    Hasn't wiki already got this covered? Seems like it would be better if they put their effort to refine and add data to something that already exists then make their own from scratch.
    From the FAQ:
    3. Why has this not previously been done?
    The project is a major, major undertaking. To date, nowhere is there a comprehensive database of each and every species described. The sheer enormity of this work had previously made it “wishful thinking” for the scientific community at large. The crucial software tools to accomplish it, namely aggregation or mash-up technology and wiki-style editing and accumulation of content, have only demonstrated their effectiveness on a large scale in the last year or two. What was once viewed by many as the impossible dream is now quite possible and is being undertaken.
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    1. Who is ultimately responsible for constructing the Encyclopedia of Life?
    Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative effort. Ultimately, the tens of thousands of people with expertise around the world and their predecessors are responsible. In terms of practical accountability, efforts are currently being headed by a steering committee of senior officers from Harvard University, Smithsonian Institution, Field Museum, Marine Biological Laboratory, Biodiversity Heritage Library consortium, Missouri Botanical Garden, and the MacArthur and Sloan Foundations. The Atlas of Living Australia is in the process of joining, and we look forward to more major partners from all regions during the next year. Numerous organizations have already contributed to the conceptualization and development of the Encyclopedia.

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    There is one other project that's similar but nowhere near in depth as this one is going to be. Still it's great reference!

    http://tolweb.org/tree/
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