Earth Encyclopedia

I’m just getting around to processing all the stuff I picked up in August at the Ecological Society meetings. One of the things I meant to post was the Encyclopedia of Earth.  It’s meant to be a more scholarly version of Wikipedia, with all posts being reviewed, and only scientists accepted as editors:

“The motivation behind the Encyclopedia of Earth is simple. Go to Google™ and type in climate change, pesticides, nuclear power, sustainable development, or any other important environmental issue. Doing so returns millions of results, some fraction of which are authoritative. The remainder is of poor or unknown quality.

This illustrates a stark reality of the Web: digital information on the environment is characterized by an abundance of “great piles of content” and a dearth of “piles of great content.” In other words, there are many resources for environmental content, but there is no central repository of authoritative information that meets the needs of diverse user communities.”

They are in the process of acquiring open access content to host, so look for more books online in 2009!  They also have a clearly posted neutrality policy.  Interesting.

Their goal is to have editorship or authorship at EoE be counted as scholarly activity for faculty.  That’s a good goal, although I’m not so sure tenure committees will go for it.

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