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

"Open exchange of scientific knowledge and European copyright: The case of biodiversity information" published, June 13, 2014

In their most recent publication, Plazi members discuss a legal point of view as to what will be needed in Europe to bring distributed biodiversity information together and facilitate its re-use by data mining, integration into semantic knowledge systems, and similar techniques.

Bouchout Declaration successfully launched (June 12, 2014)

The Bouchout Declaration on Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management has been successfully launched on June 12 at the Bouchout Castle, National Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium during the final meeting of the EU-funded pro-Biosphere project.