Linking to EOL from Your Website

We encourage our content partners and other projects to provide links both to our home page and deep links to specific EOL pages.  Below are examples of increasing complexity that will help you connect your site better to the Encyclopedia of Life.

Basic: You can add a link to our home page and an EOL logo on your page of partners or your home page.   Download the full rectangular EOL logo.

Intermediate: Generate an EOL search string to put on each of your taxon pages using the following formula:
We recommend the canonical form of the name (without the authority and year information). These searches may give multiple results. If you want to ensure a single result, use one of the advanced methods.

Advanced: There are several options, depending on your resources and needs.

  1. Use the search method from the EOL API. The top result that is returned should be the one we think is the best match. You can then use the top result's EOL ID in the URL to address a specific page, e.g.:
  2. This currently returns a single result with a <link> element containing the URL. It also provides the EOL ID, 1177464, in the <id> element if that is more convenient for your application. 
  3. Use the search_by_provider method from the EOL API to translate identifiers from other specific providers that you know to EOL IDs. For example, if you have an ITIS TSN number, you can find out that the EOL provider hierarchy ID for ITIS is 529 using: 
    This can then be used to translate the TSN for Corvus brachyrhynchos, 6849925, to the EOL id using: which again returns 1177464.