Technology Providers

EOL has worked with the following organizations and platforms to tackle major challenges associated with creating and supporting EOL infrastructure.


Commercial Providers:


Hashrocket is a Ruby on Rails design and development shop specializing in test-driven development, pair programming, user-centered design, elegant code, and on-site Ruby on Rails training. Hashrocket provides user experience and user interface services that are key to the development of the new EOL portal.


Internet Archive

The Biodiversity Heritage Library, an EOL cornerstone institution, scans and digitizes biodiversity literature through Internet Archive and uses their services and interfaces.



Photosynth, based at Microsoft Live Labs, is creating new technologies for visualizing species images that will enhance the EOL experience. This innovative software tool goes beyond how people currently share digital photos and videos to help bring species to life.



Vizzuality is a web application development and design company based out of Madrid, Spain. Vizzuality created an interactive species map for EOL pages based on occurrence data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).



Technology Platforms:



Atlassian provides free community licenses to the EOL project for Confluence, their wiki software;  JIRA, an issue tracking system; and Crowd, a user management system. 


CentOS Linux

CentOS, the Community ENTerprise Operating System, is a free, open source Linux-based operating system used to manage EOL software applications and hardware.



The MySQL open source database platform is used to store and organize the vast amounts of data contributed by EOL partners


Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails  is the open source web application framework that powers the EOL website. 


If you are interested in becoming an EOL technology provider, please contact the EOL Secretariat.