EOL Governance

EOL's Governance Model

In 2007 the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) began with a vision of providing global access to knowledge about life on Earth. As a project dedicated to serving diverse users, EOL embraces a governance model that includes the participation of people and organizations around the world that support EOL’s vision and share a desire to contribute to its mission.

EOL operates under the management of the following parties:

EOL Executive Committee

The EOL Executive Committee operates as EOL’s board of directors, focusing on the long-term sustainability and success of the EOL. Members provide governance and decision-making at the policy level. Committee members are senior figures from the cornerstone institutions, regional, national and thematic EOLs, and other major financial or in-kind partners. 

EOL Secretariat

The EOL Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day operational management, coordination, and planning of EOL and its working groups. The leader of the EOL Secretariat is the EOL Director of Operations, who reports to the EOL Executive Committee. 

EOL Working Groups

EOL Working Groups are responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery of EOL component efforts.