News Source: 
The Daily
October 27, 2012

An encyclopedia specific to the Puget Sound region is now available online to the general public. This encyclopedia is the first if its kind in the area.

The new encyclopedia is compiled by a network of researchers and students. The Puget Sound Institute (PSI) — an agreement among the UW, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Puget Sound Partnership — spearheaded the project. Regional scientists reviewed the encyclopedia to ensure accuracy.

“This is a new way of doing science,” said Lisa Graumlich, dean of the College of the Environment.

Graumlich moderated a panel Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the launch of the encyclopedia. The panel included Michael Pidwirny with the Encyclopedia of Earth, Tracy Barbaro with the Encyclopedia of Life, and Rob Fatland with Microsoft Research.

The editorial board for the encyclopedia was announced at the event, and the panel discussed how networked science is changing the way ecosystem information is being shared and understood, using the new encyclopedia as a case study.

The new and ever-growing encyclopedia includes articles describing threats to the local ecosystem, the region’s biophysical components, geographical information provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), a library of 6,000 plant and animal species, and information on a wide range of other topics.