Wikispecies is a wiki-based online project supported by the Wikimedia
Its aim is to create a comprehensive
catalogue of all species
and is directed at scientists, rather than
at the general public. Jimmy Wales
chairman emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation, stated that editors
are not required to fax
their degrees, but that submissions will have to pass muster with a
technical audience. Wikispecies is available under the GNU Free Documentation
Started in August 2004, with biologists
across the world invited to contribute, the project had grown a
framework encompassing the Linnaean
with links to Wikipedia
articles on individual species by April 2005.
the efforts of several people who are interested in getting
involved with the project and contacted potential supporters in
early summer 2004. 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 in favor of 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
Wikispecies has disabled local upload and asks users to use images
from Wikimedia Commons
Wikispecies does not allow the use of content that does not conform
to a free license.
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