Have you heard of the Encylopedia of Life? If not, get out from under the rock, dude. Seriously. The hype machine has been going at full steam. This is supposed to be a database of all known species of organisms on earth. It’s the incarnation of E.O. Wilson’s call for a database of all species. It’s a database of all species! All species! Every species!! Hooray!!
Rod Page, the best biological databases blogger, isn’t all that enthusiastic. He doesn’t like the layout. He’s seen similar ventures fail in the past. And then there’s the whole issue that the EoL doesn’t even exist yet. It’s just a bunch of demo pages and videos. We can’t actually evaluate the sucker until they give us something to, you know, evaluate.
PZ Myers is also skeptical.