A consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).
A collaborative effort of natural history museums, botanical gardens, and research institutions to create a biodiversity database on the Web. Scientific names, geographic distribution, and images are provided for many species.
The goal of the Species 2000 project is to create a validated checklist of all the world's species (plants, animals, fungi and microbes). This is being achieved by bringing together an array of global species databases covering each of the major groups of organisms. Currently the database contains 260,000 species, 420,000 synonyms, and 180,000 common names with 90,000 references. It includes 18 contributing databases.