The project aims to be the equivalent of Wikipedia in the field of systematics and ecology. If successful detailed descriptions of all the world’s known organisms could be available to anyone with an internet connection. This is a very exciting prospect, especially if the success of the project coincides with advances in the barcode of life. One of the barriers to greater understanding of the distribution and abundance of organisms remains difficulty in identification and ignorance of their characteristics. This initiative should help to democratise this knowledge and place it in the hands of field researchers. It is also a collaborative project in which we too have an obligation to contribute.