EOL Communities

People who share a common interest in a particular aspect of living nature come together in EOL Communities to ask questions, share their expertise, and identify opportunities to improve EOL.

An EOL Community can share responsibility for managing a specific EOL Collection that is the focus of its interest.  Put another way, EOL Communities are shared EOL Collections.

EOL Communities are featured on EOL Taxon Pages on the Overview tab and in the Communities tab. In this way, every time you explore EOL you can discover people and groups who share a concern or passion for specific living organisms or groups of living things.

A great way to find people who share your interests is to browse the many EOL Communities available to you already.  Once you've found one you're interested in, why not join?

Learn more in the links below:

How to join an EOL Community

How to create an EOL Community

Managing your EOL Community

Featuring EOL Collections

How to Join an EOL Community

When you join an EOL Community, your membership in that EOL Community will be highlighted on your EOL Profile in the Communities tab, and in the Members tab of that EOL Community.  

Joining an EOL Community couldn't be simpler!  Select the EOL Community you are interested in, and click the "join this community" button.  That's it!

To access a list of the EOL Communities you belong to, please visit your EOL Profile and click the Communities tab.

How to Create an EOL Community

Every EOL Community is based on an EOL Collection referred to as a “EOL Community Focus”, which forms the basis for that EOL Community’s interaction on EOL. One way to think about an EOL Community is as an EOL Collection that many people can participate in managing together. By comparison, only the person who creates an EOL Collection can manage it.

Before you decide to create an EOL Community from one of your EOL Collections, take a moment to decide what your goals are for your work.  It might make more sense to join an existing EOL Community, especially if it has goals similar to the ones you're considering.

To create an EOL Community:

  1. Visit one of your EOL Collections, whether from your EOL Profile or when you are asked to add an item to one of your EOL Collections.
  2. Click on the “create community” button to begin the process.
  3. You will be asked to give your new EOL Community a name, a description, and to give a name to the Focus List at the heart of your new EOL Community.
  4. You will have a chance to upload a special logo or photo to associate with your new EOL Community. This image will be associated with this particular EOL Community everywhere it appears in EOL, so choose wisely.
  5. Next you will have a chance to invite members to join your EOL Community. They will receive a message in their Watch List Newsfeed with a link. Once they join, you will have the chance to “promote” them to become Managers of your EOL Community.
  6. NOTE - Once you create an EOL Community from one of your EOL Collections, that EOL Collection will no longer show up on the Collections tab in your EOL Profile.  It's now an integral part of the new EOL Community, where you are sharing it with your members.  To make changes to the Focus Collection of your EOL Community, select it from the EOL Community page.

Managing your EOL Community

When you create an EOL Community you become its first Manager.

EOL Community Managers gain the following privileges:

  • They can access the “edit community” button and the capabilities it offers
  • They can modify the EOL Collection that serves as that EOL Community’s “focus”.
  • They can revoke membership to the EOL Community, promote members to become Managers, and if necessary, revoke those privileges as well.

To promote a member of your EOL Community to become a Manager, visit the Members tab of your EOL Community and clicking the “Grant manager role” link associated with the member you wish to promote. You may revoke a member’s Manager role in the same way.

You may also select a member to remove from your EOL Community by clicking the “Remove membership” link associated with the member you wish to remove. Note that to remove a Manager, you must first revoke their Manager status.

Featuring other EOL Collections

When you feature another EOL Collection in your EOL Community, you are making it easy for your members to know about other related work in EOL.  

If you would like to feature another EOL Collection in your EOL Community, simply add one or more EOL Collections to the list that forms the basis of your EOL Community. This will draw attention to those EOL Collections in the side-bar of your EOL Community. You could use this capability to highlight the work of colleagues, or to draw attention to other EOL Collections that relate to the goals of your EOL Community.