Online Encyclopedia of Life "Birthed"

The first 30,000 pages of what will eventually become 1.8 million pages for the entire Encyclopedia of Life.

Feedback on these first pages will shape the ultimate design and functionality of all 1.8 million pages of the encyclopedia, scheduled for completion by 2017. It will also help inform priorities for content development.

"It is exciting to anticipate the scientific chords we might hear once 1.8 million notes are brought together through this instrument," says Jim Edwards, executive director of the Encyclopedia of Life, EOL, based at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

The site crashed yesterday as the site appeared to be too popular to "live."

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recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

[quote user="News"]1.8 million pages [/quote]

Talk about a wealth of information... that's freakin' incredible!!!

If they were to print all that, I wonder how many volumes it would fill... bogles the mind.


Kamrooz 6 years ago

 holy wow...That's one massive encyclopedia! I could see my self using this easily. The website is up but extremely slow, if you want to check it out here's the addy.

vicaphit 6 years ago

I doubt the entire thing will ever be in print.  If a 300 page book is 1 inch wide, including bindings.  1.8 million pages would be 6,000 inches wide, which is 500 feet.  That is 1.66 football fields wide.  This of course would change if they bound more than 300 pages per volume, and had paperback instead of hard bound, but come on, why would they make a 1.8 million page encyclopedia softbound?

recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

[quote user="vicaphit"]I doubt the entire thing will ever be in print[/quote]

My question was hypothetical to put in perspective how massive 1.8 million pages is.

Almost 2 football fields huh? Thanks for doin' the math... that would be way to many volumes to try to sell to families door to door like back in the day lol!


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