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Introducing Encyclopedia of Life version 2

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A talk given 18 October 2011 at TDWG 2011 (Biodiversity Informaticn Standards: Taxonomic Databases Working Group) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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EOLv2 eol.org

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Key ideas

EngagementLeveraging Darwin CoreCollaborations

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v2: Scope & Engagement

• All species• Global• Many audiences

– enthusiasts– scientists– learners– citizen scientists

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EOL v1

EOL v2

eol.org

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Scientific DatabasesBHL, GBIF, ALA, COL, Scratchpads Scientific JournalsPensoft Publishing

EOL aggregates and curates

Curate

CommentRate, Collect

eol.orgAggregate

API

Third party apps

Quality control, prioritization

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Summarizing knowledgeNot managing raw data

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Many topicsMorphology, conservation, behavior ecology,

genomics etc.

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Taxonomy is frameworkNot the goal

ITIS and COL

NCBI

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v2 engagement: Collections

How would you like to get information from collections?

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v2 engagement: Communities to share interests or to share work

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• Collections as checklists

• Third-party app using collections to instantly set up new mobile data entry

• Could copy items & annotations to reflect actual observations

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V2 engagement: Internationalization• Spanish – INBio, CONABIO• Arabic – Bibliotheca Alexandrina• Translatewiki for interfaces in other languages

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v2: Incentives for improvement

Image credit: Peter Förster

http://eol.org/info/priority_taxa_on_eol

See updates tab

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usingDarwin Core Archive flat files as transport mechanism

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Common Names

Taxon

ImageAttribution

References

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Take-home messages

• EOL helps taxonomists and others reach broader audiences via engagement

• Leveraging and adding to existing Darwin Core• Collaborations are key, for content, for

software development, quality control, for sustainability

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Tree contest

• Largest hierarchy that reflects the state of our phylogenetic knowledge

• Submit to EOL in DwC-A• Proof of concept• Navigation of EOL web content• Prize – all-expenses paid trip to iEvoBio 2012 in Ottawa, Canada

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS

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Acknowledgements

Funding from:John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationAlfred P. Sloane FoundationSmithsonian InstitutionMarine Biological LaboratoryHarvard University and other funders and donors

All our content partners and global partners, especially:INBio -- Costa RicaBiblioteca Alexandrina -- EgyptCONABIO – MexicoGBIF

Volunteer curators and individual contributors via Flickr, Wikimedia, and members of EOL

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EOL Table of Contents TDWG Species Profile Model

Physical Description › Morphology #MorphologyPhysical Description › Size #SizeEcology › Habitat #HabitatEcology › Associations #AssociationsLife History & Behavior › Life Expectancy #LifeExpectancy Evolution and Systematics › Functional Adaptations #Evolution Conservation > Conservation Status #ConservationStatus Molecular Biology and Genetics › Genetics #GeneticsMolecular Biology and Genetics › Genome #MolecularBiologyMolecular Biology and Genetics › Molecular Biology #MolecularBiology

Nucleotide Sequences #MolecularBiology

Sample biological content

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v2 content standardsContent type• Taxa• Attribution &

licensing• Text objects & links• Multimedia

Standards used• Darwin Core• Dublin & Darwin

Core• SPM (and now +)• Dublin (+ Audubon

Core)

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Low hanging fruit

Photo credit: Stanislas PERRIN

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How EOLv1 got content n=141 partners

XML resource doc Connector LD/eLD/Scratchpad

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web service

PDF

HTMLDB

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