EOL recently launched the Global Genome Initiative Knowledge Portal, essential infrastructure for the Smithsonian-led initiative to archive genomics-quality tissue across the tree of life. The GGI Knowledge Portal reports for six major databases how much information exists for every family (e.g. specimens, literature, GenBank records, rich EOL pages) and highlights where data are apparently absent. A composite GGI score enables quick comparisons of the relative state of knowledge for each group. A collaboration with ITIS enabled this ground-breaking comprehensive gap analysis.
A recent article from North Carolina State University explains how scientists have combined cookies and citizen science to track the diversity of ant species across the United States. Ants are the topic of this One Species at a Time podcast, featuring an interview with ant expert, E.O. Wilson.
The One Species at a Time podcast series is supported by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.
E. O. Wilson’s Life on Earth is an innovative new iBooks Textbook for high school biology students created by the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. Available for free on the iBooks Store, Life on Earth is accompanied by an iTunes U course called Biology: Life on Earth. The iTunes U course brings together content from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Geographic, the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and other institutions with content emphasizing important themes like citizen science, evolution, climate change, and the protection of biodiversity.
EOL content and resource are available in the first section of the course: Unity and Diversity of Life on Earth. Activities include an audio interview with E.O. Wilson, creating virtual collections of species and accessing the biodiversity resources available through EOL’s iTunes U collections.