OF AN ENCYCLOPEDIA
encyclopedia is an alphabetically or thematically structured collection of
contributions from all branches of an art, a technology, or some combination of
these that provides a comprehensive treatment of the intended subject. Ideally,
an encyclopedia should appeal to a broad range of readership, providing them
with the equivalent of consulting an expert in a given domain.
should serve as the first place of search by the specialist or the
non-specialist looking for information on a subject related to their own
expertise. Library and information scientists may use it as a preliminary
reference for research into a specialist field. Managers and policy makers may
refer to it in deciding the use of a particular technology or strategy.
Alternatively, it could be used by practicing professionals searching for a
specific detail, or students trying to gain an overview of the essentials of a
subject. The EOLSS addresses the needs of all these readers.
presented in its pages focuses on the principles and practices that have been
shown to be of value in the evolution of sustainable life support systems.