Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.For my money, the Encyclopedia of Life would have to be the single most exciting project Avenue A | Razorfish has been associated with since I began working there. AARF has produced a video and preliminary IA and design for the Wiki-like site, which intends to catalog the earth's 1.8 million named species.
- Jules Verne
The Boston Globe has a great writeup, which quotes the eminent biologist, E. O. Wilson, one of the program's founders:
Our ignorance is dangerous. Life forms with which we've shared the planet are going extinct at an alarming rate -- usually before we even determine what they are and what role they play in the ecosystem. Our knowledge of biodiversity is so incomplete that we are at risk of losing a great deal of it before it is even discovered.The Washington Post also has an article, which reminds us that perhaps as little as 10% of the world's species have been cataloged.