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Tree of Life Web Project: Brief Overview

The goals of the EOL extensively overlap the goals that the Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) has had since 1995. For a proposed collaboration, see Tree of Life Web Project/Encyclopedia of Life.

The Tree of Life Web Project is a digital library of biodiversity information compiled collaboratively by hundreds of specialist and amateur contributors. Its goal is to contain a page with pictures, text, and other information for every species and for each group of organisms. Connections between web pages follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms

  Scientific Materials (Core Content) Learning Materials Media
Content Branch pages (supraspecific taxa) and leaf pages (individual species or subspecies). Treehouses designed for a lay audience: investigations, stories, fun & games, art & culture, teacher resources, web quests, etc. Images, videos, audio files, presentations, animations, downloadable documents, etc.
Contributors Professional scientists Professional scientists, teachers, students, science enthusiasts

Content Management & Information Architecture

Node-based design: text sections, taxon names, images and other media are treated as objects that are attached to individual branching points in the phylogenetic hierarchy.

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