Wikispecies


Wikispecies

Infobox Website
name = Wikispecies
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url = http://species.wikimedia.org/
commercial = No
type = Species directory
registration = Optional
owner = Wikimedia Foundation
author = (proposed project in 2004); Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Community
launch date =August 2004
current status =
revenue =

Wikispecies is a wiki-based online project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation that aims to create a comprehensive free content catalogue of all species. It is aimed at scientists, rather than at the general public. Jimmy Wales, chairman emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation, has said that editors are not required to fax in their degrees, but that submissions will have to pass muster with a technical audience. [cite journal|title=Calling all taxonomists|journal=Science|date=2005-02-18|volume=307|issue=5712|pages=1021|doi=10.1126/science.307.5712.1021a|format=PDF| url=http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/307/5712/1021d.pdf] cite news|title=WikiSpecies|date=2005-04-25|work=American Scientist Online|publisher=Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society|url=http://www.americanscientist.org/template/SiteOfTheWeekTypeDetail/assetid/43122] Wikispecies is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Started in August 2004, with biologists across the world invited to contribute, [cite news|work=Nature|title=Species list reaches half-million mark|format=PDF|author=Mark Peplow|url=http://cfyn.ifas.ufl.edu/species4.pdf|publisher=Nature Publishing Group|date=2005-03-14 ( [http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050314/full/050314-6.html archive] )] the project had grown a framework encompassing the Linnaean taxonomy with links to Wikipedia articles on individual species by April 2005.

History

co-ordinated the efforts of several people who are interested in getting involved with the project and contacted potential supporters in early summer 2005. Databases were evaluated and the administrators contacted, some of them have agreed on providing their data for Wikispecies. Benedikt Mandl defined two major tasks:
# Figure out how the contents of the data base would need to be presented - by asking experts, potential non-professional users and comparing that with existing data bases.
# Figure out how to do the software, which hardware is required and how to cover the costs - by asking experts, looking for fellow volunteers and potential sponsors.

Advantages and disadvantages were widely discussed by the wikimedia-I mailing list. The board of directors of the wikimedia foundation voted by 4 to 0 FOR the establishment of a Wikispecies. The project was launched in August 2004 and is hosted at http://species.wikimedia.org. It was officially merged to a sister project of Wikimedia Foundation on September 14, 2004.

On October 10, 2006, the project exceeded 75,000 articles. On May 20, 2007, the project exceeded 100,000 articles with a total of 5,495 registered users. On September 8, 2008, the project exceeded 150,000 articles with a total of 9,224 registered users.

Policies

Wikispecies has disabled local upload and asks users to use images from . Wikispecies does not allow the use of content that does not conform to a free license, and will remove any material not meeting this standard from articles.Fact|date=September 2008

ee also

*Encyclopedia of Life
*Catalogue of Life (unknown file type)
*Tree of Life Web Project
*List of online encyclopedias

References

External links

* [http://species.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Official site]
* [http://species.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikispecies:Community_Portal Species Community Portal]
* [http://species.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikispecies:Wikispecies_Charter The Wikispecies Charter] , written by Wales.


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