About Encyclopedia of Earth

NCSE's public education strategic goal is to provide access to a comprehensive source of understandable science-based information on the Internet. To achieve this, NCSE catalyzed the creation and operation of the Environmental Information Coalition (EIC) in 2003 for the many organizations, agencies, institutions, and experts who can contribute to achieving this goal. NCSE serves as the secretariat to the EIC.

The EIC launched the Encyclopedia of Earth in 2006 as a free, fully searchable online resource on the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. A global community of over 1,400 scholars, educators and professionals from 60 countries collaborate to produce quality and reliable environmental information for the web. Information includes articles, books, reports and curriculum resources that are written in non-technical language and available in various media formats, which are accessible and useful to students, educators, professionals, and policy makers as well as the general public.

The Encyclopedia of Earth is supported by the technology partner Trunity. It uses a specially adapted "wiki" - an online tool that allows experts to collectively add and edit web content. Unlike well-known wikis, such as Wikipedia, access is restricted to approved authors and all content is reviewed and approved by topic editors prior to being published from the wiki to the public Encyclopedia. Authors and topic editors are experts in their fields as judged by their peers and by their track record of distinguished research, teaching, writing, training, and public outreach. Revisions to existing articles are also done on the author's wiki, and when approved they become the current version at the public site. This process produces a constantly evolving, continuously updated reference.

Our goal is to make the Encyclopedia of Earth the largest reliable information resource on the environment in history.