The main objective of SwissCollNet between 2021 and 2024 is to set the foundations for the Swiss Virtual Natural History Collection (SVNHC) by agreeing on shared standards in collection management, in databasing and in digitisation, and by developing the necessary infrastructures to allow a centralised access to all specimen data stored in the Swiss institutions.
SwissCollNet has obtained a financial support of 12.37 MCHF from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for the period 2021-2024. This budget has to be met by an equivalent amount of in-kind contributions by the institutions.
SwissCollNet will fund the development of the Swiss Virtual Natural History Collection (SVNHC) through two types of funding, ie top-down and bottom-up projects. The federal funding will be subdivided into 3 categories:
- Project management and communication between 2021 and 2024
- Projects leading to the implementation of the SVNHC (top-down)
- Two calls for project proposals (bottom-up)
Since SwissCollNet has been officially launched in January 2021, there are a number of administrative and strategic deadlines that have to be met in 2021 and early 2022. There are nevertheless several projects and events that are due in 2021: