Online Map of Life

An interactive web tool that allows users to visualize world-wide species distributions is now available on the Web.

By | May 11, 2012

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, KTRINKO

Map of Life, a new interactive website the draws on a diverse source of datasets to map species across the globe, went online yesterday (May 10), reported Nature. The visualization tool combines expert range maps, presence/absence checklists, point-occurrence records, and other digitized species data to form a searchable map. The current version focuses on fish and land-dwelling vertebrates, with plant and some invertebrates species slated to arrive later in the year.

Currently, users can visualize the species within a 50- to 1,000-kilometer range, or map the distribution of a specific species across the planet. Map of Life’s creators intend to add more interactive options later, such as allowing users to input species information into its database. Ultimately, they hope to integrate environmental and genomic data as well.

“There’s no doubt Map of Life is a valuable tool,” Terry Erwin, an entomology curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, told Nature. ”There’s nothing else out there that allows both researchers and citizen scientists to interact with all these layers of data.”

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May 19, 2012

Very interesting tool!  Will definitely be using this with my Science classes.  

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