My favorite part:
"Map of Life will soon allow users to add or update species data, thereby becoming the first two-way portal of biodiversity information."This will be essential. I quickly used the map to plot distributions of fossil hominins, mostly from museum collections. What I found was that many well known fossil sites from widely distributed groups like Neandertals and Homo erectus are not represented yet.
The article mentions that the biggest challenge facing the new resource is drawing interest from biodiversity researchers. This seems to me like very good opportunity for open access, collaborative data management. The vision of the database creators is highlighted in their recent article in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. (Beware the article is behind a paywall).