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08. May 2017

Plazi 2016 publications mining statistics

2016 has been the first full year when Plazi had a fully automated data mining process implemented and running. This includes the export of the illustrations to the Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR) and bibliographic...[more]


07. March 2017

"Copyright and the Use of Images as Biodiversity Data" published

There is considerable uncertainty within the taxonomic community as to how to re-use images that were included in taxonomic publications, especially in regard to whether copyright applies. This article deals with the principles...[more]


31. January 2017

100,000 digital objects uploaded to BLR

Today at 17:29 we reached a milestone by uploading the 100.000th digital object to the Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR). This object, an illustration of the male genitalia for Stactobiella biramosa is one of currently...[more]


27. January 2017

WeScientistsShapeScience: Alternative Publications

Following are my thoughts from the first day of the workshop "Alternative Publications" at the very attended WeScientistsShapeScience workshop in Bern.

Publications exist as the prime means to communicate...[more]


27. January 2017

Plazi TreatmentBank down

Due to a technical issue during the upgrade of the operating system, TreatmentBank is down. We work as hard as possible to restore the services.  We hope to bring it up during Friday. 

We are sorry for any...[more]


12. January 2017

2017 needs to bring better access to taxonomic data

2016 showed progress in providing access to taxonomic data in near realm time. But much more is needed.

The current way of publishing, cataloguing and providing access to taxonomic data, to say it mildly, is an almost complete...[more]


14. November 2016

Illustrations in biodiversity publications and copyright: Call for review

Illustrations are widely and increasingly used in scientific publications and communications. How can they be shared, reused? Our paper submitted to PLoS Biology is an attempt to provide an answer. 

We would like to invite...[more]


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