Plazi

Plazi is an association supporting and promoting the development of persistent and openly accessible digital taxonomic literature. To this end Plazi will:

* Maintain a digital taxonomic literature repository to enable archiving of taxonomic treatments.

* Enhance submitted taxonomic treatments by creating TaxonX and Taxpub XML versions.

* Participate in the development of new models for publishing taxonomic treatments in order to maximize interoperability with other relevant cyberinfrastructure components (e.g., name servers, biodiversity resources, etc...)

* Advocate and educate about the vital importance of maintaining free and open access to scientific discourse and data.

Plazi News

Plazi joins the Global Coalition of Access to Research, Science and Education Organizations' call on STM to Withdraw New Model Licenses, August 11, 2014

As a group, the undersigned organizations share a vision in which scholarly knowledge is a common good, a resource for the whole of humanity.

The Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers has recently released a set of model licenses for research articles. In their current formulation, these licenses would limit the use, reuse and exploitation of research. They would make it difficult, confusing or impossible to combine these research outputs with other public resources and sources of knowledge to the benefit of both science and society.