An anonymous reader writes to let us know that the Encyclopedia of Life
opened up to the public today with its first 30,000 pages in place — and, according to the AP, promptly crumbled even before being Slashdotted
. (The site seems fine now.) We discussed this project
last year when it was announced. The Telegraph has an overview of the launch
, and reports that only 25 "exemplar" pages on the site are fully fleshed out to the extent scientists hope eventually to attain for all species; the other few tens of thousands are expanded placeholders. The project hopes to begin taking input from citizen-scientists late this year.