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Antonio Cerveira Pinto on Fri, 11 May 2007 18:42:58 +0200 (CEST)


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FW: E O Wilson Encyclopedia of Life

Dear TEDizens,

Those of us in Monterey this year watched in awe as E O Wilson unveiled
his inspiring TED Prize wish to create an Encyclopedia of Life. (If you
weren't there, you can see it  here.)

In Washington DC this morning, the first big step in that dream came true.
Five major scientific institutions, backed by a $50m funding commitment
led by the MacArthur Foundation, announced the launch of a global effort
to launch the Encyclopedia. Ed Wilson described today's announcement as a
dream come true.

As Ed hinted in his speech back in March, a broad-based effort to plan the
launch was already underway at the time he made his TED Prize wish. But 
he called on us to assist the effort, I am proud to tell you that members
of the TED community played a key role in realizing what happened today.

In particular I'd like to salute the effort of Avenue A-Razorfish who in
three short weeks were able to visualize a stunning design for the
Encyclopedia and incorporate it in a video that is the centerpiece of the
newly launched website. Please take two minutes (and it is literally two
minutes) right now to watch this video. It does a spectacular job of
explaining the purpose and vision behind the Encylopedia. It is here at 
www.eol.org. This work was done entirely pro bono, and is a wonderful
example of the TED Prize at work. Everyone at the launch today was blown
away by it.

The video includes spectacular photography, some of it contributed by
TEDster Frans Lanting. And the website address itself was contributed by
an individual inspired by Ed's wish. Programmer Ray Ratelis owned eol.org,
a valuable web address which he freely contributed to the project.

Many more TEDsters are meeting next month to assist the project in
brainstorming its architecture, technology and design. It's proving an
exhilarating example of the power of collaboration.

There are already many stories up online about the Encylopedia. Here's the
official announcement.

Huge kudos and thanks to Ed and to Avenue A-Razorfish and to everyone else
embarking on this journey.

My best,

- Chris Anderson, TED Curator

External Link
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/83

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