Ongoing Projects


Biodiversity Community Integrated Knowledge Library (BiCIKL) is building the Biodiversity Knowledge Hub (BKH) - a single knowledge portal to interlinked and machine-readable FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) using unique stable identifiers on specimens, genomics, observations, taxonomy and publications. more

Past Projects


Arcadia Fund

The Arcadia Fund supported a three-year project to liberate 300,000 taxonomic treatments, build together with Zenodo and Pensoft the Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR) at Zenodo/CERN, and develop within TreatmentBank tools and services to liberate data and make them accessible. As of result of this project, Plazi is now the single largest data set provider to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). more



EU BON (2012) stands for “Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network” and is an European research project, financed by the 7th EU framework programme for research and development (FP7). EU BON seeks ways to better integrate biodiversity information and implement into policy and decision-making of biodiversity monitoring and management in the EU.

Plazi’s activities:

  • Develop and provide access to biodiversity content from the published - scientific record
  • develop data standards and exchange protocols
  • develop the legal framework for data publishing and dissemination
  • explore ways to involve citizen science to mobilize biodiversity data


LinkD (pronounced ‘linked’) will unite European biodiversity scientists behind a common set of infrastructures and goals leveraging existing investment in biodiversity science infrastructures in support of the long-term community inspired vision of modelling the biosphere.

Submitted to EU Horizon 2020, EINFRA-9-2015 | e-Infrastructures for Virtual Research Environments (VRE), January 2015. Participation: Partner



The aim of pro-iBiosphere is to prepare, through a coordination action, the ground for an integrative system for intelligent management of biodiversity knowledge.

The aim of pro-iBiosphere is to prepare (= pro), through a coordination action, the ground for an integrative system (= sphere) for intelligent (= i) management of biodiversity (= bio) knowledge. Once it becomes operational, the European Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System will play a major role in facilitating the synthesis of core biodiversity data by creating an authoritative framework including, discovery of new species, naming of specimens and species, identification tools, descriptions, and various other basic types of information. It will also facilitate the acquisition of high quality biodiversity data from various sources, including legacy data; the curation of the data; and at the same time it will optimize the delivery of those data to the various users.

Plazi’s activities:

_ D3.2.2 Report on the state and quality of biosystematics documents and _ survey reports _ D2.4.1 Draft policy on Open Access for data and information (1) _ D2.1.1 Report on ongoing biodiversity related projects, current _ e-infrastructures and standards _ D3.2.1 Concept paper for involvement of individual experts, commercial vendors, and citizen scientists


Wiki4R will create an innovative virtual research environment (VRE) for Open Science at scale, engaging both professional researchers and citizen data scientists in new and potentially transformative forms of collaboration.

It is based on the realizations that (1) the structured parts of the Web itself can be regarded as a VRE, (2) such environments depend on communities, (3) closed environments are limited in their capacity to nurture thriving communities.

Wiki4R will therefore integrate Wikidata, the multilingual semantic backbone behind Wikipedia, into existing research processes to enable transdisciplinary research and reduce fragmentation of research in and outside Europe. By establishing a central shared information node, research data can be linked and annotated into knowledge.

Despite occasional uses of Wikipedia or Wikidata in research, significant barriers to broader adoption in the sciences or digital humanities exist, including lack of integration into existing research processes and inadequate handling of provenances.

The proposed actions include providing best practices and tools for semantic mapping, adoption of citation and author identifiers, interoperability layers for integration with existing research environments, and the development of policies for information quality and interchange.

The effectiveness of the actions will be tested in pilot use cases. Unforeseen barriers will be investigated and documented. We will promote the adoption of Wiki4R by making it easy to use and integrate, demonstrate the applicability in selected research domains, and provide diverse training opportunities.

Wiki4R leverages the expertise gained in Europe through the Wikidata and DBpedia projects to further strengthen the established virtual community of 14000 people. As a result of increased interaction between professional science and citizens, it will provide an improved basis for Responsible Research and Innovation and Open Science in the European Research Area.

Submitted to EU Horizon 2020, EINFRA-9-2015 | e-Infrastructures for Virtual Research Environments (VRE), January 2015. Participation: Associate Partner