[Taxacom] Encyclopedia of Life & Taxonomist Funding

George Beccaloni G.Beccaloni at nhm.ac.uk
Fri May 11 18:05:22 CDT 2007

How about they use $US 25 M to construct the infrastructure and use the remaining $US 25 M to pay for content. That would work out at $US 13.88 per species page for each of the estimated 1.8 M species. This could be a good incentive for poorly paid taxonomists in certain countries!
George Beccaloni
NHM London


From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of Roderic Page
Sent: Fri 11/05/2007 20:34
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Encyclopedia of Life & Taxonomist Funding

Hmmm, so we tell funding agencies that $US 50 M over five years isn't 
enough, and by the way have they seen the snazzy video?


On 11 May 2007, at 20:24, Shorthouse, David wrote:

> 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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> 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
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