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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]

06. June 2019

Reuse of person names on specimen labels, in scholarly publications, and Data Protection (GDPR)

Data mobilization from specimen labels in natural history collections and liberation of materials citation from scholarly publications provide a new rapidly growing source of data ready to be analyzed and reused. Authority names,...[more]


09. November 2019

January 29, 2020, 3:45pm. PIDapalooza, Lisbon, Portugal

Alex Ioannides and Donat Agosti Agosti will present Fantastic PIDs and Where NOT to Find Them.

One would have thought we’re probably not that far away from completing the Catalogue of Life, this vast encyclopedia of all animal...[more]

09. November 2019

March 2-6, 2020. XXXIII Congresso Brasileiro de Zoologia, Águas de Lindõa, SP, Brazil

Plazi is organizing a symposium and mini-course on cyber taxonomy and liberating data from scholarly publications (depending on the interest of participants).


No momento em que discutimos sobre acervos científicos e...[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]