EOL News

Winners of EOL Flickr Contest #90: "Tails"

 Congratulations to David Bygott, the winner of EOL Flickr Contest #90 "Tails."  Jacobo Martin and  Guido Bohne were close runners-up. Thanks to all participants for their great submissions

The next EOL Flickr contest is Halloween-themed:  Creepy - please give us your sinister black cats and ominous spider webs, menacing beasts, freaky crawlies, dripping slime, or whatever creepy critters, poses, or views you can come up with.  Sumbissions will be open through Monday, November 5, 2012.

The Encyclopedia of Life Images Group on Flickr is a great way to contribute images to EOL.  Have a look at the group home page for instructions, and post your questions to the group discussion.

October 30, 2012 03:43

New One Species at a Time Podcast - Springtails

Springtails (Collembola) are tiny creatures that live underfoot in the soil and leaf litter. Most people are not even aware they exist. Until 2000, biologists classified these curious animals as insects. Then new DNA evidence forced scientists to revise their thinking and redraw a branch on the tree of life.

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To learn more about how to use EOL's One Species at a Time podcasts in the classroom and in broadcast media, please see our Podcast Guide for Educators

October 19, 2012 13:55

EOL Attends the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Meeting

Visit EOL at Table 5 at the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Annual Meeting from October 17 - 21, 2012 in Lubbock, Texas.  Founded in 1990, SEJ is the world’s oldest and largest membership association of professional journalists, educators and students dedicated to more and better coverage of environmental issues. EOL is an excellent resource for journalists providing the latest authenticated biodiversity information that can be used for fact checking and access to content.

October 18, 2012 02:58

Winners of EOL Flickr Contest #89: "Swamp Life"

Congratulations to Dave Huth & Jörg Hempel the winner & runner up of EOL Flickr Contest #89 "Swamp Life."  Thanks to all participants for their great submissions

The next EOL Flickr contest is Tails - please submit images of organisms with interesting tails.  Sumbissions will be open through Monday, October 22, 2012.

The Encyclopedia of Life Images Group on Flickr is a great way to contribute images to EOL.  Have a look at the group home page for instructions, and post your questions to the group discussion.

October 16, 2012 03:24

New One Species at a Time Podcast - Western Silver Aster

The Western Silver Aster, Symphyotrichum sericeum, is one of many organisms found in the endangered tallgrass prairies of Winnipeg, Canada.  The aster is a food source for insects in the prairie and the insects provide cross-pollination for the flowers.  Both are critical for the survival of this ecosystem.

Host Ari Daniel Shapiro speaks with Diana Bizecki Robson of the Manitoba Museum about how this endangered ecosystem’s flora and fauna are intimately connected with our own well-being.

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To learn more about how to use EOL's One Species at a Time podcasts in the classroom and in broadcast media, please contact the EOL Learning & Education group.

October 10, 2012 14:40

Announcing the 2013 EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program

Over the past four years the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) has grown to become one of the world's largest aggregators of biodiversity information. Now featuring information on over one million taxa, EOL brings together trusted content from 219 scholarly content partners, including 57 current and former Rubenstein Fellows.

This year, EOL is inviting proposals supporting the use of EOL in biological research - it is time to see what the wealth of information in EOL can do.

In preparation for this call, EOL solicited research topics with the potential to illuminate large-scale questions in biology and advance biological research. Eleven specific requests were selected by the EOL curator community as the most promising, tractable and potentially impactful.

We are calling for proposals to extract data from the EOL collection and advance the corresponding inquiry in one or several of these "Research Wishes". These big data questions have frustrated scientists in the past because the information needed to address them was simply not accessible.

We believe it is now possible to address these questions with the help of EOL, and we are prepared to fund your efforts to do so.

Please visit the 2013 EOL Rubenstein Fellows competition page at http://eol.org/info/420 to review the 11 Research Wishes and the official competition details. The competition deadline is November 15th.

Questions can be directed to the Rubenstein Fellows Coordinator at hammockj@si.edu.

How can I extract the data? Any technique is acceptable.

Crowdsourcing? Semantic reasoning? Automated image analysis? Brute force? Yes.

I've thought of a method you haven't. Even better.

October 04, 2012 14:30

Winners of EOL Flickr Contest #88: "Life is White"

Congratulations to the winners of EOL Flickr Contest #88 "Life is White":  USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory and Lynette S.  And thank you to all participants for your wonderful submissions.

The next EOL Flickr contest is titled Swamp Life - please submit images of organisms that live in or around swamps and choose one (1) of yoru best images to compete.  Sumbissions will be open through Monday, October 8, 2012.

The Encyclopedia of Life Images Group on Flickr contains 150,253 images and has 3,189 members.   If you'd like to contribute one (or more) of your photos to EOL through Flickr, learn more about our licensing policy and become a member today.

October 02, 2012 13:44