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D3 and the Encyclopedia of Life: A Force-directed Graph for Species Interaction

Many thanks to our speaker Jeff Holmes for preparing this presentation:


D3 is being used as the basis for a force-directed graph to represent species interactions in an online Ecosystem Explorer application for the Encyclopedia of Life. The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global project that aims to aggregate information about all species known to science in one freely accessible website ( Content from EOL is retrieved dynamically by the Ecosystem Explorer tool which maps interactions between a collection of species within an ecosystem. This talk will provide an overview of the existing and planned features of the Ecosystem Explorer, a brief introduction to the Encyclopedia of Life as a data source for biodiversity applications, and a discussion of the design process, implementation, outstanding issues involving the use of D3.


For more info about Jeff and The Encyclopedia Of Life, visit:

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  • Doug M.

    I wasn't able to attend last night's meetup. Is the ecosystem explorer online? I couldn't find at the above link. - Thanks

    October 23, 2012

    • Matt S.

      Not sure how you get there from the site, but there's a Field Guides section that includes the Ecosystem Explorer: http://fieldguides.eo...­

      October 23, 2012

    • Jeff H.

      Yes, sorry Doug. We're in the midst of moving stuff around on the sites. Matt's reply is correct.

      October 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting intro for both open science projects and D3

    October 23, 2012

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