A New Version of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL 2.0)
Providing nearly 700,000 species, 35 million pages of scanned literature and over 600,000 photos of living creatures, the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) has recently launched a new version of its free online system in response to requests from the general public, citizen scientists, educators and professional biologists around the world for a site that was more engaging, accessible and personal.
The BA [Bibliotheca Alexandrina] has been a close partner in the project, working collaboratively with EOL on the internationalization of the system, providing the current version for English, Arabic and Spanish speakers. EOLv2 has been completely redesigned to enhance usability and encourage contributions and interactions among users. The BA is also endeavoring to create EOL in Arabic as a rich biodiversity resource for Arab scientists in the region.
Over the last three years since its first public launch, EOL has grown dramatically to include trusted information on nearly 700,000 species sourced from over 160 content providers. EOL is supported by a community of over 700 curators responsible for reviewing and approving content, and by staff at contributing institutions around the world.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.