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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]


28. February 2019

Congratulation for the 500th EJT issue!

The European Journal of Taxonomy just published its 500th issue. This in itself is another achievement in the 220 years history of its publisher, the Publications Scientifiques Du Muséum Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, but...[more]


18. January 2019

Der geplante Lichtbildschutz Artikel (Art 2 Abs. 3bis) behindert Forschung und IT-Industrie

Am kommenden Montag (21.1.2019)  berät die Kommission for Wissenschaft, Bildung und Kultur (WBK) des schweizerischen Ständerates die Revision des Urheberrechtsgesetzes. Nach dem jetzigen Revisionsentwurf sollen in Zukunft...[more]


09. January 2019

Training for building and reusing your corpus of mineable taxonomic literature

The taxonomic literature is a rich, high quality, and largely untapped source of biodiversity knowledge. Taxonomy helps us recognize species and map their distributions through text descriptions, images, and records of when and...[more]


14. December 2018

Why do we need BLR to store scholarly taxonomic articles?

When Jérôme Constant published yesterday his taxonomic article on eurybrachid planthopper insects in the European Journal of Taxonomy, its data became immediately accessible as FAIR and open access data in...[more]


29. November 2018

Schnappschüsse und das Urheberrecht (Snapshots and copyright law)

The Thursday November 29, 2018 (doi) issue of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung includes a “Gastkommentar” by me (Donat Agosti) arguing that the proposed insertion of an article protecting any kind of photographs of three...[more]


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