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Encyclopedia of Life

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


Smithsonian Institution1000 JEFFERSON DR SWWASHINGTON, DC 20560 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Global access to knowledge about life on Earth


Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone - anywhere - at a moment’s notice.

This dream is becoming a reality through the Encyclopedia of Life.

Our Vision: Global access to knowledge about life on Earth.

Our Mission: To increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.


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