About Cyndy Sims
Cyndy Parr leads the Species Pages Group of the Encyclopedia of Life, the project launched by E.O. Wilson's 2007 TED Prize. Based at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, she works with the scientific community and the general public to assemble and vet information about all 1.9 million known species so that it can be served on EOL pages and by API.
Dr. Parr's biological interests include bioacoustics and the evolution of social behavior in birds, community ecology, and systematics. Following postdoctoral work in South Korea, she began focused work in biodiversity informatics, as a researcher at University of Michigan, the Humanâ€Computer Interaction Laboratory (University of Maryland) and eBiquity Lab (University of Maryland Baltimore County). She has conducted research in educational technology, tree and graph visualizations, and semantic web technologies. Her current interests include social practices in biological data sharing and curation, which she is investigating in partnership with Jenny Preece and others on the Biotracker project at University of Maryland. She currently is thinking about open science, credentialing, and emergent scientific knowledge.
An idea worth spreading
Building a global human sensor net for monitoring and understanding patterns in biological diversity. Real time environmental and observational data streams meet data curators meet standing analyses that constantly test our model of how organisms live, behave, interact, and evolve. If new data comes in that doesn't match the model, alert those who care and adjust the model to reflect scientific reality.
I'm passionate about
reawakening our evolved fascination with the natural world, providing socially-rewarding opportunities to share knowledge about biodiversity, and turning that understanding into action.
Talk to me about
technology-mediated social participation, Smithsonian 2.0, Global Genome Initiative, Open Access/Open Science, evolutionary anthropology, bioblitzes, EOL Fellows