EOLv2 is live!

September 5, 2011

The second edition of the free, online collaborative Encyclopedia of Life debuted on Monday with a redesign and new features making it easier to use, to personalize, and to interact with fellow enthusiasts worldwide. It is also vastly expanded, offering information on more than one-third of all known species on Earth.

The new interface makes it easy for users to find organisms of interest; to create personal collections of photos and information; to find or upload pictures, videos and sounds; and to share comments, questions and expertise with users worldwide who share similar interests.

EOLv2 offers more than 20 times as many pages with content than the EOL.org launched 30 months ago -- up from the original 30,000 pages in February 2008 to 700,000 today. The global partnership of 176 content providers behind EOL.org is progressing towards an aspiration of 1.9 million pages -- one for every species known to science.

It also now contains more than 600,000 still images and videos -- 20 times the number available in August 2009. EOL photos are also showcased online via flickr.

Other available resources include roughly 35 million pages of scanned literature created by the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Recently added books in the BHL include 330 volumes from Charles Darwin’s library with his extensive personal annotations.

The Encyclopedia of Life is compiled from existing databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world. It aims to build one "infinitely expandable" page for each species, including video, sound, images, graphics, as well as text.

All EOL information is available for reuse and is licensed under Creative Commons and other Open Access free licenses.