About Plazi

Plazi’s Goal

Plazi supports and promotes the development of persistent and openly accessible digital taxonomic literature. To this end Plazi:

  • Maintains a digital taxonomic literature repository to enable archiving of taxonomic treatments.
  • Enhances submitted taxonomic treatments by creating TaxonX and Taxpub XML versions.
  • Participates in the development of new models for publishing taxonomic treatments in order to maximize interoperability with relevant cyberinfrastructure components (e.g., name servers, biodiversity resources, etc…)
  • Advocates and educates about the vital importance of maintaining free and open access to scientific discourse and data

Plazi is a not-for-profit organization based in Bern, Switzerland and was founded on March 13th 2008. The bylaws are available in English and German

Digital Accessible Knowledge

Digital Accessible Knowledge, in the context of Plazi, describes data fit for use to understand the global biodiversity, to create a list of all known species on planet Earth, data that is machine-actionable and ready for use by anybody, anyhwere at any time.

Lectures by Plazi and its Members

Lectures by Plazi team members are available at BLR and SlideShare.


Plazi's partners include Zenodo, GBIF, Pensoft, SIB, BHL, NCBI, eCH, ZooBank, CETAF, Datacamp, FactsMission, and others

The Story behind Plazi

Plazi is inspired by and named for Placidus Spescha, an 18th century Benedictine monk from Disentis, Switzerland