EOL integrates materials such as text, name data, images, videos, and maps from multiple sources. All of this information is provided by EOL Content Partners that range from natural history museums, government agencies, and international research consortia to members of popular web sites like Flickr and Wikipedia. Most EOL content partners maintain their own web sites, and EOL taxon pages provide links to the original source of each featured object.
If you are the owner or custodian of biodiversity data, please consider sharing your collection with the world through EOL. In addition to increasing the visibility of your project, EOL provides a number of services to its content partners:
- Audience feedback – EOL collects comments from visitors about your data and makes this information available to you in a customizable feed.
- Data curation – EOL curators review materials featured on EOL pages and report data quality problems.
- Usage statistics – EOL provides customized usage statistics for each content partner.
- Community building – Content partners can take advantage of EOL collections and communities to promote their project.
- Outreach opportunities – The EOL Learning & Education group integrates materials from EOL content partners into projects used by students, teachers, and enthusiasts worldwide.
- EOL API – By sharing data with EOL, you participate in a global biodiversity commons, thus increasing the usage of your information.
- Importing data from EOL – Your own project can use the EOL API to gain access to materials shared by other EOL content partners.
- Biodiversity informatics tools – EOL is developing a number of open source applications including names finding tools, mapping tools, visualizations, data mining tools, and classification tools.
Become an EOL Content Partner!
When you join EOL as a member, you can initiate a content partnership in the Content partners tab of your PROFILE. Follow the add new content partner link and fill out the form to express your interest in sharing data with EOL. To learn more about what kinds of information EOL is looking for and what you need to do to make your data available refer to EOL Content Partners: Getting Started.
Linking to EOL
We encourage our content partners and other related projects to link to our home page and individual EOL taxon pages. Please refer to Linking to EOL from Your Website for best practices on how to connect your site to the Encyclopedia of Life.