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26. January 2020

50.000th GBIF dataset: a brief history

On January 8, 2020 Plazi had the good luck and honor to be the mediator of GBIF's 50.000th dataset. It was probably predictable to some degree, since the chances have been over 56%. Plazi has deposited over 28K of the 50K...[more]

15. January 2020

Science Magazine: Why not be more open? Liberated biodiversity data as a win-win case

This morning news had two headlines covering conservation and biodiversity and, in fact pointing out its dire state and what ought to be done. For example, in Le Monde one reported on the UN 2030 goal to protecting 30% of the...[more]

10. November 2019

Plazi opens an office in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Plazi opened an office in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, early November. The office, with four staff managed by Marcus Guidoti, is focusing on liberating data from South American taxonomic publications or publications...[more]

17. October 2019

A suggested Swiss science contribution to the future of Open Science and biodiversity

At today's swissuniversities kick-off meeting of the new Open Science strategy, we have been given a chance to present Plazi's input to build the Swiss Open Science vision.

This is what Donat Agosti has to say:

"Thank you...[more]

01. October 2019

New Copyright Law in Switzerland Empowers Scientific Research

The Swiss Parliament adopted a new copyright law on 27 September, 2019. Amongst its many new elements, there is a large exception to copyright for the use of protected works for scientific research purposes (Art. 24d1). This...[more]

28. June 2019

Open Science: A lot of work ahead

In our liberation effort, I came across this recent article (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4624.1.12 ) with the very promising title “Spreadsheets to expedite taxonomic publications by automatic generation of morphological descriptions...[more]


09. November 2019

March 1-6, 2020. XXXIII Congresso Brasileiro de Zoologia, Águas de Lindõa, SP, Brazil

Plazi is organizing a mini-course (March 1: 8am-6pm) and a symposium (March 3: 3pm) on cyber taxonomy and liberating data from scholarly publications. The schedule is here.


No momento em que discutimos sobre acervos...[more]

10. January 2020

May 14-15, 2020, Empowering Biodiversity Research, Africa Museum, Bruxelles, Belgium

Plazi will present a lecture and participate in the Biodiversity Market.


Five years after the "Empowering Biodiversity Research" conference that we organised in May 2015,...[more]

10. January 2020

June 9, 2020 ELIXIR All Hands 2020, Amsterdam, 2020

Donat Agosti will present the lecture Liberating data imprisoned in Biodiversity publications, a vast store of biodiversity data at the Biodiversity Mini-Symposium of the ELIXIR All Hands 2020[more]