The idea of iSpecies, and the possibility of gathering all kinds of information together on a single page for any species, is really appealing and I'm looking forward to further development. You can read the story behind it at the iSpecies blog.
When iSpecies is a bit further along, I think it will be great. Right now, though, iSpecies is more like a new kind of Google game - except maybe funnier.
Here are the results from two searches that I did.
First I searched with Finch and got these results:
Yikes! Imagine if Darwin had seen those guys flying around the Galapagos islands. No one would confuse those finches with magpies. I'm not sure how the articles relate to finches either. Maybe I'm just not ready for the semantic web.
This worked a little better when I searched with Penguin. I'm not sure how the documents relate to penguins but this time the search found a couple of real penguin images and some drawings of Tux. Surely, the Linux guys will be pleased about that. That penguin with teeth is a bit much, though. I'm going to have scary dreams about that one.
Maybe next time I'll try the latin names.
Subject: Web resources, Birds
technorati tags: biology