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  • ARKive is a global initiative with the mission of "promoting the conservation of the world's threatened species, through the power of wildlife imagery", which it does by locating and gathering films, photographs and audio recordings of the world's species into a centralised digital archive. Its current priority is the completion of audio-visual profiles for the c. 17,000 species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The project is an initiative of Wildscreen, a UK-registered educational charity, based in Bristol. The technical platform was created by Hewlett Packard, as part of the HP Labs' Digital Media Systems research programme. ARKive has the backing of leading conservation organisations, including BirdLife International, Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The United Nations' World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and the World Wide Fund for Nature, as well as leading academic and research institutions, such as the Natural History Museum; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the Smithsonian Institution. It is a member of the Institutional Council of the Encyclopedia of Life.