October 27, 2021

A New Version of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL 2.0)

Via the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Newsletter:

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.

EOL is supported by  the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and others.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.