We talk a lot about taxonomy in the realm of indexing organizational information against a solid and strong taxonomy built within standards so that content is found easily. It is easy sometimes to forget that taxonomy originated with science. Classification of animals, plants, and other organisms into appropriate categories for easy reference. eBird maintains a traditional genus-species kind of taxonomy, except for the part about being online and searchable.

eBird’s goal is to maximize the accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. By amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. eBird was launched in 2002 by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.