critical reading for the rude

wikispecies / EoL

Compare the Encyclopedia of Life and Wikispecies projects, please.

…or, “a free directory of life”.

Wikispecies is an open, free directory of species. It covers Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista and all other forms of life. So far we have 102,505 articles.

Hm.  More:

Biologist E. O. Wilson announced a “dream” that someone would fund the project during a TED speaking engagement in March 2007,[13] a yearly forum in which luminary speakers are given the opportunity to ask for a “dream prize”. On 9 May 2007 that dream “came true” when five science foundations announced an initial $50 million dollar grant to get the project started.[14]

According to the EOL, Wikipedia played a significant role in the vision to create the Encyclopedia:

“Wikipedia inspired us. Wikipedia accumulated about 1.5 million entries in English in its first four years. That gave us confidence that our tasks are manageable with current technology and social behaviour, although the expert community in a lot of the subjects for pages in Encyclopedia of Life may be only a handful of people. Wikipedia has also created some species pages, as have other groups. Encyclopedia of Life will, we hope, unite all such efforts and increase their value. The Wikimedia Foundation is a member of the Encyclopedia’s Institutional Council.”[15]

EoL controls for authority… Wikispecies (or any wiki) could do that by controlling access to articles… restricting usernames, etc.

Just making notes here.

June 12, 2007 - Posted by | green, info sci

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