Online Encyclopedia to index all life forms on planet earth

10 May 2007 By Shashank
EOL Encyclopedia of life has been a major step taken in categorising nearly 2 million plants and animals.The online catalog of species will have details of nearly every living form present on planet earth ,The scientists from all over the world are excited of this development. Now this will become the central place for all scientists to submit their research about different species and will be a great help for the scientists in the devepoping countries.This amazing project is going to cost $50 million and is a result of collaboration of six major scientific organisations and support from two charitable foundation.

Scientists said it is possible only now because of advances in Internet and online technology, high resolution digital photography, and the ability to quickly read the genetic codes of species, which has made life much more easier to document and catalog things.

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So what is Encyclopedia of life(EOL) basically?

According to the EOL website

“Encyclopedia will serve as an online reference source and database for every one of the 1.8 million species that are named and known on this planet, as well as all those later discovered and described. Encyclopedia of Life will be used as both a teaching and a learning tool, helping scientists, educators, students, and the community at large gain a better understanding of this planet and all who inhabit it.”

As this project is aiming big it will require a lot of time by the researchers all over the world to fully document and catalog the nearly 2 million species on EOL.

General public starting of EOL will start in 2008.

You can view the demonstration pages at EOL demonstration

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