It has been a very busy few months here at EOL since the launch of EOLv2. We’ve been delighted by the public response to the new version and the rapid uptake of many of the new features on EOL.
The most noticeable milestone we’ve just passed is 1,200 collections on EOL - quite an increase over the 20-or-so collections we had at launch.
Many of these are, as we expected, very personal collections of the species individual members find interesting. Many are marvelously thoughtful, well-annotated resources. And some are just plain fun.
Here are a few to check out:
University of Hawai’i Manoa collections (all 9 of them!)
Rhode Island Bugs and Insects (clearly a labor of love by an up-and-coming scientist)
Since the launch, we’ve gotten feedback from users that EOL Collections needed a few important enhancements to make them more usable and maintainable. In the coming weeks we’ll be releasing updates to address these issues, including:
- The ability to have multiple EOL members manage a collection
- The ability to also have one or more EOL communities manage a collection
- An option to view collections as an annotated list, a simple list, or a gallery
- The ability to sort collections on a criteria you enter, such as a date or a numerical order
- The ability to add a “references” field to each element of a collection
- The ability to share collections with your friends on Twitter and Facebook
- Making it easier for you to browse and find collections of interest to you.
And we’re updating our API to allow third-party tools to access, process and use collections.
One interesting request we’ve had is to make it possible to upload and download collections - if this is of interest to you, let us know.
All of these enhancements are scheduled for development and release in the coming weeks as part of our first point release of EOLv2. There’s certainly plenty to do.
PS - Sorry for hitting the “create post” a wee bit early there.