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May 2017: Update on EOL harvesting of CalPhotos images.

EOL is expecting to resume harvesting CalPhotos images around August 2017. Unfortunately EOL harvesting broke during an update to EOL in 2015. Another major EOL update is expected this summer; this update should solve the harvesting issues.

September 2011: CalPhotos has partnered with Encyclopedia of Life to share images

CalPhotos contributors now have the option of sharing their plant, animal, and fungi images with Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). In August 2011, CalPhotos' Moorea Biocode and California Academy of Sciences Manzanita Project images were added to EOL pages. Other CalPhotos photographers may now also share their images with EOL if they choose. See the CalPhotos partner gallery on EOL. Here are a few examples of CalPhotos images on EOL:

Acropora valida
Tabanus punctifer
Urticina coriacea

EOL accepts only images with certain Creative Commons licenses, or images with a Public Domain license. CalPhotos photographers who would like their images to appear on EOL pages must change their licenses in CalPhotos to one of these five EOL-accepted licenses:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY 3.0)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
Public Domain

For more information about licensing choices in CalPhotos, please read the CalPhotos licensing page. To change your image licenses in CalPhotos, use the photographer update form. Photographers can also change licenses on individual photos (one at a time) via the image update form. If you want to change your licenses and don't remember your CalPhotos password, please email

The CalPhotos default license for new photographers has always been "CalPhotos Use Only." Images with that license will continue to have that license unless it's changed via one of the above methods.

Photographers who currently have custom licenses may keep their custom licenses. Please keep in mind that if your custom license is a Creative Commons license, it will not be recognized as such by the EOL photo sharing process so you must still log in to change your license if you have any custom license and want to share your photos with EOL.

Photographers can change their licenses on all their existing images, or keep the licenses on existing images and then apply different licenses to newly uploaded images. So, not all images from one photographer need to have the same license. Regardless of a photographer's default license, a photographer can select any license on individual images when uploading or editing photos.

Updates and Deletions
EOL harvests images from CalPhotos approximately once a week. At harvest time, new images with the EOL-accepted licenses in CalPhotos will appear on EOL. Any images that have been deleted from CalPhotos will also be deleted from EOL. And any corrections to photo metadata (ie, scientific name) will also be updated on EOL.

EOL Curator Comments
EOL has curators who review identifications. CalPhotos receives a nightly report about any curation activities that have happened on CalPhotos images in the previous 24 hours. CalPhotos will forward comments to photographers if EOL curators have found misidentifications, typos, or other errors.

If you have questions, please send email to

CalPhotos is a project of BNHM   University of California, Berkeley

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this page last updated: May 2, 2017