Its finally live! The Encyclopedia of Life has been sitting dormant for two years as it builds support and infrastructure. Two days ago, I checked it and noticed that it is now operational with 25 sample species pages. This site is really exciting because it could be the most comprehensive biological encyclopedia yet with the cooperation of the world’s largest and most reputable biological organizations like the American Museum of Natural History, the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Smithsonian Institution. Photos, taxonomy display and a sliding bar that changes the complexity of the information are all compelling features of each of the species pages.
Its underlying digital structure is supported by Fedora, which allows flexible digital storage and can reflect semantic relationships between digital objects.