[Taxacom] Encyclopedia of Life & Taxonomist Funding

Shorthouse, David dps1 at ualberta.ca
Fri May 11 14:24:55 CDT 2007


What is needed then is a grant scheme from NSF, NSERC, etc. the world over
to fund the authoring of species pages in EoL and a clearinghouse mechanism
in EoL to ensure no taxonomic overlap/duplicate in awarded grants.

How many public/government funding institutions are onboard with EoL to
award authors of species pages thus building the content? The massively
successful public announcement of EoL should now be used as ammunition to
lobby for these sorts of grant monies.

David P. Shorthouse
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Department of Biological Sciences
CW-403, Biological Sciences Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB   T6G 2E9
mailto:dps1 at ualberta.ca
http://canadianarachnology.webhop.net
http://arachnidforum.webhop.net
http://www.spiderwebwatch.org
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Subject: [Taxacom] Encyclopedia of Life & Taxonomist Funding

If EoL has hope of covering even a fraction of what the press releases claim
it
will, EoL needs to implement a funding body that supports content
contributors.
 Ideally, this would be in the form of a grant program targeted at experts
whose
day jobs don't ordinarily allow for participation in the EoL.  Otherwise the
EoL
will be like all the other biodiversity projects on the internet:
archipelagos
of completed taxa floating in a great sea of emptiness.

Alex Wild
University of Arizona
www.myrmecos.net


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