Cybertaxonomy Synthesis Meeting

June 19, 2011

This meeting (May 31 - June 2) targeted both already published taxonomic literature (retrospective) and to-be-published taxonomic articles (proactive) in order to extract taxonomic content (e.g., species descriptions and re-descriptions, diagnoses, and material examined) and automatically provide it to the EOL. Major accomplishments are the tighter integration of initiatives like Plazi, Pensoft Publisher, (publisher of ZooKeys and PhytoKeys), and the EOL. Several journal editors attended the meeting that will now implement some of the cybertaxonomic tools developed primarily by Plazi and Pensoft in order to provide XML-based output of taxonomic content automatically to the EOL. For example, the largest zoological taxonomic journal Zootaxa, which has previously not provided any content to cybertaxonomic databases, will make relatively small adjustments to its publishing workflow that will generate lots of content for the EOL in the future. A manuscript describing our visions for the publication of cybertaxonomic articles in diverse journals is currently being written by the participants.