About Plazi

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


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

The Story behind Plazi

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