Recap: EOL Global Content Summit on Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Last month EOL held an exciting meeting hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. We gathered together content experts from most of EOL’s global partners — those organizations which have joined us in our mission to provide global access to knowledge about life on earth.
National projects like Naturalis and Atlas of Living Australia were joined by international projects like Biodiversity Heritage Library, ViBRANT, and GBIF. Some participants joined us for the first time, such as the von Humboldt Research Institute from Colombia, SIAMAZONIA from Peru, and the Western Ghats Portal from India.
Altogether, we comprised 14 nationalities from four continents, and at least 12 different projects. We came armed with status reports and orientation slideshows about our own activities and left with draft strategies for working together.
We also formed the “informatics paparazzi” and blinded** the native flora and fauna with our flash photography. Images are starting to find their way to EOL, where we have also started some collections of what we saw.
**Editor’s Note: No Actual Blindings Took Place.