Plazi and the Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR) awarded EUR 1.1 million from Arcadia Fund to grant free access to biodiversity data

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  • June 14, 2018
  • 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 publications. The project will expand the existing corpus of the Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR), a joint venture of Plazi and Pensoft, hosted on Zenodo at CERN. […]

    Pensoft journals integrated with Catalogue of Life to help list the species of the world

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  • January 18, 2018
  • While not every taxonomic study is conducted with a nature conservation idea in mind, most ecological initiatives need to be backed by exhaustive taxonomic research. There simply isn’t a way to assess a species’ distributional range, migratory patterns or ecological trends without knowing what this species actually is and where it is coming from. In […]

    New partnership between Pensoft and BEXIS 2 encourages Data Paper publications

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  • November 29, 2017
  • Following the new partnership between the German open source platform BEXIS 2 and the academic publisher Pensoft, scientists are now able to publish data papers in three of the most innovative Pensoft journals: Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ), One Ecosystem and Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (MBMG), using EML data packs from BEXIS 2. In order to encourage and facilitate high-quality data publication, the collaboration […]

    Data Quality Checklist and Recommendations at Pensoft

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  • June 1, 2017
  • As much as research data sharing and re-usability is a staple in the open science practices, their value would be hugely diminished if their quality is compromised. In a time when machine-readability and the related software are getting more and more crucial in science, while data are piling up by the minute, it is essential […]

    Five new Pensoft journals integrated with Dryad to improve data discoverability

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  • February 6, 2017
  • Academic publisher Pensoft strengthens partnership with Dryad by adding its latest five journals to the list integrated with the digital repository. From now on, all authors who choose any of the journals published under Pensoft’s imprint will be able to opt for uploading their datasets on Dryad. At the click of a button, the authors […]

    LifeWatchGreece launches a Special Paper Collection for Greek biodiversity research

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  • November 1, 2016
  • Developed in the 1990s and early 2000s, LifeWatch is one of the large-scale European Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) created to support biodiversity science and its developments. Its ultimate goal is to model Earth’s biodiversity based on large-scale data, to build a vast network of partners, and to liaise with other high-quality and viable research infrastructures (RI). […]

    How to import occurrence records into manuscripts from GBIF, BOLD, iDigBio and PlutoF

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  • May 17, 2016
  • On October 20, 2015, we published a blog post about the novel functionalities in ARPHA that allows streamlined import of specimen or occurrence records into taxonomic manuscripts. Recently, this process was reflected in the “Tips and Tricks” section of the ARPHA authoring tool. Here, we’ll list the individual workflows: Upload occurrence or specimen data from a Darwin-Core-compliant […]