Encyclopedia of Life (EoL)

The Encyclopedia of Life is planned to be “an online reference and database on all 1.9 million species currently known to science and will stay current by capturing information on newly discovered and formally described species.”

“Within ten years [EoL producers] expect to have at least partially populated species pages for all 1.9 million currently known species.”

“Funds to get the EOL project started have been generously provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation . The EOL cornerstone institutions have also agreed to raise additional funds.” These are “several of the world’s leading natural history institutions, botanical gardens, and libraries, including: Biodiversity Heritage Library, The Field Musuem of Natural History, Harvard University, Missouri Botanical Garden, Smithsonian Institution and Marine Biological Laboratory.”