The always wonderful Carl Zimmer has a terrific NYT article about the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life, a free online collaborative encyclopedia that aims to document every species on earth. (Visit it at www.eol.org). As anyone who regularly follows the links in this blog will know, I am a big fan of collaborative online encyclopedias (Wikipedia!): I think the model has proven itself beyond all reasonable doubt. As a result, I am extremely excited about this project, it will prove to be an invaluable resource to scientists and laypeople alike.
The project, by the way, is being spearheaded by the seemingly ubiquitous E. O. Wilson: check out his TEDTalk on the encyclopedia.