BFI initiated the development of EARTHscope in February 2001 with the goal of offering free access to a low bandwidth,
fully interactive, online public library. This unique, free resource will contain rich media presentations,
clearly portraying the state of the world's social and environmental life-supports systems. Presentations will be
built in collaboration with:
|The EARTHscope Library User Interface.
- Global-level content published by leading institutions
- Community-level content published by students and local grass roots organizations
The EARTHscope Library will contain a wide range of graphically rich (i.e., maps, photos, charts, graphs etc.)
presentations prepared by:
Content for the library will be selected based on its ability to contribute toward a whole-systems understanding
of social and ecological life support systems at the global and/or local level.
- Schools, students, researchers and scientists
- Community groups and conservation activists
- NGOs, institutions, and government organizations
Volume One: Online Atlas
An example of the type of institutional level content we aim to make available through the EARTHscope Library, is
the Atlas of Population and Environment (featured on UNEP's ourplanet.com).
Working in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), we transformed the Atlas,
one of AAAS's premier print publications, into a highly innovative and widely distributed online educational and
research resource. AAAS is the world's largest federation of scientists and engineers with an average monthly
audience for their online Atlas of over 120,000 unique readers. This collaboration was launched on
aaas.org at the end of January 2003.