April 2011 Newsletter



EOL Newsletter

April 2011


EOL works to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. Learn more at eol.org. 



EOL Adds Thousands of Images & Video;

Over 150 Content Partners Online


In the past year, EOL’s number of content partners more than doubled to over 150. Additionally, the number of taxon pages with content exceeded EOL's target for 2010. Thanks to multimedia platforms that make it easier to share images, videos and content, we now have images on 107,000+ pages. Check out some of our highlights -

  • Natural history collections have contributed images of museum specimens used for scientific study.
  • Our EOL Flickr group is thriving, now with over 2,300 members contributing tens of thousands of images and videos.
  • In addition to posting videos through Flickr, users can now share with us through Vimeo.




(Images left to right courtesy of Thomas Shahan, the World Fish Center, Arthur Chapman and the U.S. National Park Service)


International Collaboration on Education


EOL's Learning & Education Group hosted a workshop on March 31 – April 1, 2011 that brought together educational representatives of global EOL partners from Australia, China, Costa Rica, South Africa and the Netherlands.  The EOL partners crafted a new educational outreach plan and discussed ways in which EOL could accelerate learning about biodiversity worldwide.

Students Help Build EOL


In March, eleven students from the Latin School of Chicago spent a week  with the EOL team at the Field Museum exploring biodiversity. Using museum exhibits, collections and library resources, students added information and images to species pages for three coral reef fishes, two birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae) and a rare orchid from the South Pacific. The program was mentored by EOL postdoctoral researcher Josh Drew and Latin School teacher Anna Cabral.


(Image courtesy of Josh Drew)


A Look at EOL's Curators


Thanks to a new feature created by the EOL informatics team, visitors can now see the individuals who are authorized to verify the scientific information on EOL pages. By selecting the "Who can curate this page?" link, users can learn more about potential curators for a given taxon, their qualifications and their research interests.


Extra EOL

  • EOL Podcasts: Lend an ear and discover the wonders of nature—right outside your back door or halfway around the world with our One Species at a Time podcast series.
  • EOL Executive Committee:  The EOL Executive Committee met in Washington, DC April 14-15 to discuss the future of the project. The next meeting will take place in October 2011 at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt.
  • EOL on the Radio: EOL was recently featured on public radio's The Animal House, a weekly discussion that explores the latest in animal science and wildlife conservation.
  • EOL & BHL: Over one million EOL species pages have links to Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) literature. 
  • EOL API: The EOL API lets you integrate EOL content into your own website, helping to make EOL an ingredient in biodiversity applications.