|I've said before-- I think 'weeds' ought not to be overlooked. But even when you look-- there are things you miss. I never noticed the aphids under the stem of this 2mm diameter flower ('Cucumber Herb' Trigonotis peduncularis ) 'til I got it uploaded. Then I wondered-- Is the ant 'milking' these aphids, just like E.O. Wilson (among others) discovered?|
I had heard of the Encyclopedia of Life while watching E.O. Wilson's 2007 TED talk where he accepts his TED prize, and talks about the stages he went through as a child, how he was blinded in one eye and his slight deafness, and his love of all things in the natural world--especially the Little Things. I've been reading his lovely book Diversity of Life. It's well-written--the layperson gets a very real sense of how much he delights in the world, and how much he loves science.
I recently re-discovered it looking at somebody's Flickr stream-- "wow!", I thought, "What gorgeous photos!" Then I noticed that it was in a Flickr Group called "Encyclopedia of Life"... The same one? Just named after that? I clicked on it... and sure enough-- the link took me right to the Encyclopedia of Life itself. Oh boy! Clicking around some of the entries with photos of organisms, I noticed a link on the sidebar under "Contribute"... 'Submit an Image', it said. Really? I checked--sure enough, anybody can submit photos to the Encyclopedia of Life. Just get a Flickr account, upload your shots, put the right kind of copyright on it, and make sure it has a taxonomic machine tag so the photo can be harvested (machine taxonomic tag found by their search algorithm) to build the Encyclopedia. Citizen Science that anybody can be a part of--no matter where you live, nor how old you are.
So, I've uploaded some of my photos, since I noticed that very few Japanese species are represented in the Encyclopedia... and some of them have been harvested (though not yet reviewed as far as I can see).
(Undignified, but I will allow myself a very small... squeee.)
I figured out how to put recent Flickr photos and a link in the sidebar (scroll down a bit), so you're all welcome to have a look if you like. And if you have some nice, clear photos that would be good for identifying any form of life-- consider uploading it to the Encyclopedia:-))
Monday, May 23, 2011
Encyclopedia of Life
Posted by yokohamamama at 6:53 PM