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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]


22. October 2018

Provenance: another look at taxonomic treatments and names

When an "ex banker" - Tim Robertson -  meets an "ex taxonomist" - Donat Agosti - this can be very inspiring, especially when they discover that they share rather unexpectedly more than they ever expected....[more]


04. July 2018

Zookeys 10th anniversary

Happy Birthday Zookeys, and congratulations to Pensoft, its innovator and publisher.

Today’s 10th anniversary of Zookeys is a great day for biodiversity. The discoveries reported in the press release and celebrated in the...[more]


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]


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