On this site, from the American Museum of Natural History, you will find the world's first & only large collection of full colour, high-resolution images of faithfully transcribed Darwin manuscripts. These manuscripts record Charles Darwin's work as a practicing scientist. The AMNH Darwin Manuscripts Project is a historical and textual edition of Charles Darwin's scientific manuscripts, designed from its inception as an online project. The database at its core - DARBASE - catalogues some 96,000 pages of Darwin scientific manuscripts. These are currently represented by 16,094 high resolution digital images. Thus far 9,871 manuscript pages have been transcribed to exacting standards and all are presented in easy to read format.
An online encyclopedia with a mission "To increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource."
The aim is to collate the names of all species set in the context of a taxonomic hierarchy and of their distribution. It is estimated that less than a fifth of the world's biota has been identified, and a single checklist is an important step in effectively coordinating efforts to document biodiversity.
Degradation and loss of global biodiversity is a key issue for our time. The Catalogue of Life supports the major biodiversity and conservation information services such as GBIF (the Global Biodiversity Information Facility), the Encylopedia of Life and the IUCN Red List of threatened species. The Catalogue is recognised by the Convention on Biological Diversity as a significant component of the Global Taxonomy Initiative and as a contributor to Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. The Catalogue of Life does not directly contribute to the conservation of global biodiversity, but it is becoming a key enabler of the programmes that do.
Major bioscience programmes depend upon the integration of complex data if they are to progress effectively. Cross-mapping species that provide the substance of that research is fundamental to data integration. The Catalogue of Life provides an essential taxonomic backbone to support the escalating pace of scientific endeavour worldwide.
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments.
It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet.
By encouraging and helping institutions to publish data according to common standards, GBIF enables research not possible before, and informs better decisions to conserve and sustainably use the biological resources of the planet.
GBIF operates through a network of nodes, coordinating the biodiversity information facilities of Participant countries and organizations, collaborating with each other and the Secretariat to share skills, experiences and technical capacity.
GBIF's vision: "A world in which biodiversity information is freely and universally available for science, society and a sustainable future."
The International Barcode of Life project (iBOL) is the largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken. Hundreds of biodiversity scientists, genomics specialists, technologists and ethicists from 25 nations are working together to construct a richly parameterized DNA barcode reference library that will be the foundation for a DNA-based identification system for all multi-cellular life. In the first phase of operations (2010-2015), iBOL collaborators will barcode five million specimens representing 500,000 species. During construction of the barcode library, iBOL participants will also be building the infrastructure needed to use it in real-world situations such as conservation, ecosystem monitoring, forensics and control of agricultural pests and invasive species.