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12. July 2016

Open access to data on new and known taxa

The discovery of new species is regularly newsworthy, as well as impressive phenomena such as  the huge light trap Stade de France attracting moths reported yesterday. Whilst in the former case - because of a missing...[more]

11. July 2016

UEFA EURO 2016 final a challenge to biologists

Yesterday night at the UEFA EURO 2016 final, these pictures have been a hot topic: Not only Ronaldo had a vistor, but the entire stadium (movie) has been full of a particular moth species....[more]

07. July 2016

A record of 4751 taxonomic treatments uploaded automatically in one day

A combination of a checklist of British ichneumonoids by Broad in the Biodiversity Data Journal and a nomenclator of melanopsids by Neubauer in Zookeys led to a record of 4751 automatically uploaded taxonomic treatments to...[more]

06. June 2016

Naiveté or obstructionism in biological systematics publishing?

Taxonomists are very finicky about saving their legacy, such as publications, into the far future, certainly doubling the current shelf life of publications starting 1756. A recent publication by Ward & Fisher in one of the...[more]

04. June 2016

The needs of taxonomic information in the European Environment Agency

One of the insights from a recent meeting between the European Environment Agency (EEA) and EU BON has been a better understanding of the needs of taxonomic data by the EEA for monitoring. With few words, large datasets that are...[more]

25. May 2016

2016 Top 10 New Species

This year's Top 10 species have been added to Treatmentbank (TB) and Wikidata (WD).

Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis donfaustoi), TB, WDGiant Sundew (Drosera magnifica), TB, WDHominin (Homo naledi), TB,...[more]

03. May 2016

Incentives to properly geo-reference specimens

Visualization of data in ongoing publications is one the new tools taxonomists are getting. Though we are not there yet to have a fully automated system that finds new articles, text and data mines and visualizes included...[more]

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