Life, now in an encyclopedia

The second newsletter from the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is out. This fascinating and ambitious project compiles the work of several researchers in a very attractive and user-friendly format. A web of webs, it comprises several sites linked together in a daisy chain, sort of like life itself. Content partners include the Catalogue of Life Partnership, Tree of Life, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, IUCN, FishBase, AmphibiaWeb, BioLib, BioPix, etc. EOL's picture galleries are powered by Microsoft PhotoSynth and what's better is that it brings the best of Web 2.0 to the screen. You can contribute species pictures to the EOL Flickr group. EOL even invites users to become curators and donors. Everything is free as of now, and it will be wonderful if they can keep it that way.