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 participating at the Improving Data Access and Research Transparency (DART) in Switzerland meeting, Berne, November 7

The one-day workshop brought together researchers, editors of scientific journals, representatives of funding agencies and data archives. The main goal of the proposed workshop is to discuss the state of the art in data access and research transparency (DART) in the social sciences. See also #fors14 on Twitter.

Pro-iBiosphere Final Review Meeting, Brussles, October 30

The final review of the two years EU-FP7 funded project Pro-iBiosphere passed on a very positive note. A special mention by the EU-Program manager Antonios Barbas got the Bouchout Declaration, coordinated by Plazi.

Plazi providing two lectures at the forthcoming TDWG conference in Jönköping, SWE. October 26-31.