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17. June 2018

Plazi and BLR receive €1.1 million from Arcadia Fund to open up new biodiversity data

Plazi has received a grant of EUR 1.1 million from Arcadia – the charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – to liberate data, such as taxonomic treatments and images, trapped in scholarly biodiversity...[more]

14. March 2018

10 years of Plazi. On expedition to discover the known biodiversity

This is the view of Donat Agosti, cofounder of Plazi.

In 1992, I wrote an article in the followup of the Rio Earth Summit in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung titled “Brauchen wir zu wissen, wie viele Arten es gibt?» Now,...[more]

13. March 2018

200.000 deposits at the Biodiversity Literature Repository!

The wealth of data encapsulated in scientific publications is a well-guarded secret. The recent discussions around Open Access are centered around open access to the articles, and thus little effort is made to build an index, for...[more]

07. March 2018

Pensoft and Plazi join forces to expedite building the OpenBiodDiv

Open Science is based on open data. Data per se is not copyrighted and thus freely accessible. However it is kept in well maintained prisons, such as hard disks on a scientist’s desk to large password protected databases to...[more]

08. January 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

2017 has been a productive year at Plazi.  

9,601 articles have been processed from 173 different journals resulting in 82,082 taxonomic treatments, 62,958 scientific figures uploaded to the Biodiversity Literature...[more]

08. November 2017

Expanded access to images in the Biodiversity Literature Repository

The Biodiversity Literature Repository at Zenodo is holding now over 160,000 figures originally included in scientific publications and is daily updated. Each image is open access. It has a link to the original source – also...[more]


12. June 2018

June 12, 2018, Swiss Research Data Day 2018, Zurich, Switzerland

Donat Agosti will present the lecture "From liberating imprisoned data in publications to publishing linked open data" and provide together with Tim Smith (CERN) a Hands-on workshop "Creating cross-linked deposits...[more]

13. June 2018

June 13, 2018 SwissText2018, Winterthur, Switzerland

Donat Agosti will talk about "Text and Data Mining Workflow to Make Scientific Publications Accessible" at the SwissText 2018 scientific track 3.




16. June 2018

June 16, 2018 Wikidata Zurich Hackathon, Zurich, Switzerland

Plazi will participate at the Wikidata Zurich Hackathon, providing biodiversity data, especially taxonomic treatments  and taxonomy scientific names data and working on tools for automated upload of data about new described...[more]