A new website seeks to put the documentation of the life sciences in the hands of everyone via an open social network.

Chances are many of us have never seen the pale face of a grunting ox or an illustration of a cherokee sedge. Why? Academic books and information often have the most stringent copyright laws around the content they gather, making access to such information difficult.

Encylopedia of Life is a new project that attempts to open source the documentation of the natural sciences. Taking such activities out of the hands of scientists and copyright laws, here, contributions text to video are on equal footing:

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