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Friday, February 29, 2008

EOL - Encyclopedia of Life goes Live


Encyclopedia of Life is officially launched. It is an fantastic project to organize and make available via internet all information about life present on Earth. This site was so popular in its first few hours that the it crashed quickly. According to EOL blog "there were 5.8M hits in the span of 3 hours."

In the first 24 hours (minus the approx. 3-4 hours we were completely down) there were: 18.5M hits, 13.3M page views, and 940GB of data transferred.

EOL launched the information of first 30,000 species (pages) and 25 species with full profile.

The EOL dynamically synthesizes biodiversity knowledge about all known species, including their taxonomy, geographic distribution, collections, genetics, evolutionary history, morphology, behavior, ecological relationships, and importance for human well being, and distribute this information through the Internet. It serves as a primary resource for a wide audience that includes scientists, natural resource managers, conservationists, teachers, and students around the world. We believe that the EOL's encompassing scope and innovation will have a major global impact in facilitating biodiversity research, conservation, and education.

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