Directions Magazine
Hello. Login | Register

Articles

All Articles | Post Comment

Not the Game of Life, But a Map of Life

Tuesday, May 15th 2012
Comments
Classified Ads:

Summary:

Unlike the board game, the Map of Life lives online and as its name suggests, maps out life on earth. To be more specific, it provides location information for a selection of living things on earth.

As of the beta launch last Thursday, the map includes data on 25,000 land and fish species. Walter Jetz, a Yale University biologist who led the project, said in a statement, "It puts at your fingertips the geographic diversity of life." Yale, the University of Colorado and NASA were among the partners involved.
 
The data included run the gamut from authoritative and formal to less so. Range maps from field guides, citizen science data, and national park staff observations are included. The data sources are distinguishable, and this being a GIS app, can be turned on and off independently.
 
Academic and government scientists are expected to use the map to guide decisions about maintaining biodiversity. Climate scientists may use it to explore change, and epidemiologists may use it to research the movement of diseases between animals and people.
 
The beta version is in place now, but future versions will support crowdsourced data information on where plants are found across the globe. A mobile version may even let users know the odds of seeing a species of interest right where they are standing.

Did you enjoy this topic? Check out these Channels:
Education, Location-based Services

Bookmark and Share


Stay Connected

Twitter RSS Facebook LinkedIn Delicious Apple Devices Android Blackberry






Recent Comments

QGIS Compared: Cartography

In part two of a series on QGIS Boundless' Gretchen Peterson is impressed by the software's capabilities in cartography and "found it was easy and straightforward to create maps."

Image Intelligence for Business – AllSource Targets Energy, Financial Sectors for Growth
Using GIS to Investigate Crime and Provide Evidence in Court
Telling the GIS and GIS Day Story Outside the GIS Community
Changing the Status Quo of Healthcare Using GIS
QGIS Compared: Visualization
Stanford students create interactive tool that tells the story of global change
NGA Director Cardillo Delivers Keynote Address at GEO-Energy Summit
Space agency Alliance joins the Struggle Against Ebola

DirectionsMag.com

About Us | Advertise | Contact Us | Web Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy
© 2014 Directions Media. All Rights Reserved