Biodiversity Literature Repository

Biodiversity Literature Repository
ProducerPlazi, Pensoft and Zenodo (Switzerland)
History2013 to present
Record depthIndex and FAIR data
Format coverageBooks / Journal, figures, taxonomic treatments
Temporal coverage1758 - recent
Geospatial coverageWorldwide
No. of records293,457
Title list(s)

The Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR) is a biodiversity dedicated community created in November 11, 2013,[1] in Zenodo, the open science repository at CERN and part of the European project OpenAIRE.[2] The goal of BLR is to provide a long-term, stable, open repository that allows deposition of bio-taxonomic articles enhanced with custom metadata and links to data extracted from therein and deposited in BLR. As of April 25, 2021, this includes 94,443 taxonomic treatments[3] and 293,457 figures[4] from 48,993 articles[5] which are made findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable FAIR data. Most of the data is uploaded on a continuous basis by Plazi using its TreatmentBank[6] service based on their Plazi workflow,[7][8] and Pensoft Publishers using BLR as repository for data published in their journals. The largest single re-user of data is the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), using data from within 33,623 processed articles.[9]

Funding sources[edit]

The primary funding for the Biodiversity Literature Repository comes via the Arcadia Fund and in kind contribution by Plazi and Pensoft.


  1. ^ "Biodiversity Literature Repository". Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  2. ^ "Zenodo's Biodiversity Literature Repository is a treasure-trove of FAIR data". Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  3. ^ "Taxonomic treatments in BLR". Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  4. ^ "Figures in BLR". Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  5. ^ "Articles in BLR". Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  6. ^ "TreatmentBank". Archived from the original on 2021-05-29. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  7. ^ Agosti, Donat; Guidoti, Marcus; Sautter, Guido (2020). "Liberating the Richness of Facts implicit in taxonomic Publication: The Plazi Workflow". Biodiversity Information Science and Standards. 4 (e59179). doi:10.3897/biss.4.59179.
  8. ^ Agosti, Donat; Egloff, Willi (2008). "Taxonomic information exchange and copyright: the Plazi approach". BMC Research Notes. 2 (53). doi:10.1186/1756-0500-2-53. PMC 2673227.
  9. ^ " taxonomic treatments database". Retrieved 2021-04-25.