Cathy Norton - uBio and the Encyclopedia of Life

Cathy recognized early on that simply making information available electronically was not enough. She recognized that it was important to create tools and use digitized content as resources. Cathy’s works on digital library initiatives focused her interests into modernizing the literature using taxonomic name servers and building communities of stakeholders. The creation of uBio, digital biodiversity database and taxonomic name finder lead the way to future collaborations and served as a foundational piece of Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) project. Inspired by Dr. Edward O. Wilson’s 2007 TED prize speech, EOL ambitiously set out to provide “a webpage for every species” with seed funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Alfred P. Sloan Foundations.