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Biodiversity research in the “big data” era: GigaScience and Pensoft work together to publish the most data-rich species description

Scott C Edmunds1*, Chris I Hunter1, Vincent Smith2, Pavel Stoev34 and Lyubomir Penev35

Author Affiliations

1 GigaScience, BGI HK Ltd., Tai Po, Hong Kong

2 The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK

3 Pensoft Publishers, Sofia, Bulgaria

4 National Museum of Natural History Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria

5 Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

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GigaScience 2013, 2:14  doi:10.1186/2047-217X-2-14

Published: 28 October 2013


With the publication of the first eukaryotic species description, combining transcriptomic, DNA barcoding, and micro-CT imaging data, GigaScience and Pensoft demonstrate how classical taxonomic description of a new species can be enhanced by applying new generation molecular methods, and novel computing and imaging technologies. This 'holistic’ approach in taxonomic description of a new species of cave-dwelling centipede is published in the Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ), with coordinated data release in the GigaScience GigaDB database.