On 2011 September 5, the Encyclopedia of Life launched EOLv2 — a new design and new features for this database of all life on Earth. It now contains some 700,000 pages, each listing a different living thing — of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria, etc.
Here is the inspiring message delivered by E.O. Wilson’s in 2007 TED Prize Talk that he wishes “we will work together to help create the key tool that we need to inspire preservation of Earth’s biodiversity: the Encyclopedia of Life.”
The TED community rallied around Wilson and provided resources to help build and develop the original EOL — both funders and content partners came on board to help EOL.org establish itself as a unique tool suitable for both scientists and ordinary citizens. Today, EOL has grown to become a global community of collaborators and contributors serving the general public, enthusiastic amateurs, educators, students and scientists from around the world. (quote from TED blog)