The Encyclopedia of Life has surged past one million pages of content with the addition of hundreds of thousands of new images and specimen data from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Launched in 2007 with the support of leading scientific organizations around the world, the Encyclopedia of Life provides global access to knowledge about life on Earth by building a web page for each of the 1.9 million recognized species.
The new content from NMNH recently added to EOL includes type specimen information from the botany, entomology, vertebrate zoology and invertebrate zoology departments. In taxonomy, type specimens are the first found material from which new species are scientifically defined and given names. These specimens are vital resources for scientists who study the classification of organisms and to all studies of comparative biology.
When EOL first launched, it offered only 30,000 species pages from fewer than a dozen content partners. Today, EOL has more than 200 collaborators around the world, a global member community, and active contributors who share their time, creativity and knowledge through EOL.
Some of the Organizations Involved Include:
- Atlas of Living Australia
- Biodiversity Heritage Library
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- La Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)
- Field Museum of Natural History
- Harvard University
- El Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)
- Marine Biological Laboratory
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- NCB Naturalis – the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity
- New Library of Alexandria
- Smithsonian Institution
- South African National Biodiversity Institution (SANBI)