Currently the president of Plazi. Plazi is an association supporting and promoting the development of persistent and openly accessible digital taxonomic literature. To this end Plazi will:
- Maintain a digital taxonomic literature repository to enable archiving of taxonomic treatments.
- Enhance submitted taxonomic treatments by creating TaxonX and Taxpub XML versions.
- Participate in the development of new models for publishing taxonomic treatments in order to maximize interoperability with other relevant cyberinfrastructure components (e.g., name servers, biodiversity resources, etc...)
- Advocate and educate about the vital importance of maintaining free and open access to scientific discourse and data
Funding is through EU and Arcadia fund, as well as contract to convert PDF based publications into semantically enhanced publication. Plazi is collaborating with Zenodo to build the Biodiversity Literature Repository developing an image based index of scientific publication by extracting and enhancing scholarly publications (180,000 as of now from 30,000 publications) and TreatmentBank, providing access to taxonomic treatments of the worlds species (ca 220,000).