Biodiversity research in the “big data” era: GigaScience and Pensoft work together to publish the most data-rich species description
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
GigaScience 2013, 2:14 doi:10.1186/2047-217X-2-14Published: 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.