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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]


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]


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