How Long Will it Take to Catalog Life?

Ten years as estimated by a group of scientists who are set to catalog the world’s life totaling to 1.8 million known species.  The project which will be named the Encyclopedia of Life will consist of species descriptions, videos, pictures, videos and other media and will be available online perhaps the world’s largest online database.The EOL will be spearheaded by some known museums such as the Smithsonian Institute, universities and laboratories. Other institutions working with the project are: Harvard University, Chicago’s Field Museum, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, the Biodiversity Heritage Library Consortium, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Atlas of Living Australia.

This is a pretty ambitious project indeed and would take a lot of effort and technological requirements. And of course, the most important thing that must be consider to ensure the project’s success is the search engine that will be develop to crawl and index all the information that will be gathered for this project. Something like what Google is using to index the web’s vast amount of information.

Goodluck to EOL.

[tags]encylopedia, life, species, human, science[tags]

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