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 is a not-for-profit organization based in Bern, Switzerland and was founded on March 13th 2008. The bylaws are available in English and German

For information on the origin of the Plazi name see The Story behind Plazi.