The View From 32


MAY 10, 2007    More below: STILL HERE  

Encyclopedia of Life logoEncyclopedia of Life

From the very local (below) to the extremely global: scientist E.O. Wilson has announced a grand proposal for an online Encyclopedia of Life. To get a rough idea of what the EoL will be, picture a cross between Wikipedia and Brittanica Online, but focused on biology. Here's part of the description from the EoL website:

Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Our goal is to create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike.

"Ecosystem of website." The whole idea is very "webby"—built around concepts and capabilities that don't exist in the world of print. Here, see for yourself:


Why I'm still here

I had to pick up a prescription refill from the Rite-Aid at W. 65th & Franklin. It was a pleasant evening just around sunset, so Joanne & I walked about a mile to the store. On the way we stopped to talk with Bill, our friend & former mailman, as he rode his bike up the street. We compared paint schemes on houses as we walked along Franklin. At W. 44th we noticed new landscaping in the front yards of several houses, including St. Herman's.

A couple of blocks further along we noticed Maria and Charlie walking on the other side of Franklin, and shouted greetings across the street.

As we walked out of the Rite-Aid parking lot I saw a familiar face across the street: Leslie, a student in the Interactive Media class. We stopped to talk and got to meet her husband. Half a block further north, Chuck was riding his bike while Catherine walked nearby. More greetings shouted across the street.

So despite almost daily news about problems in the city, after thirty years this is why I still enjoy living on Cleveland's Near West Side. It's a real neighborhood. You're likely to see your friends & neighbors if you simply take time for a walk. They're also around when you need them. That means a lot.