SwissCollNet is committed to improving the accessibility of natural history collections. A common vision and long-term strategy will promote the use of natural history collections for research, education and society.

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Running projects

First projects by SwissCollNet are about to start!

SwissCollNet has terminated the evaluation of a first round of project submissions. 44 projects are financially supported, of which 28 are based on intercantonal cooperation between the collection institutions and in most cases institutions from several cantons are working together.

The projects, which last up to two years, cover a wide range of thematically diverse collections from botany, mycology and zoology to palaeontology and mineralogy. Most of the objects in the collections are from Switzerland.

The focus lays partially on conditioning of collections, following defined standards to prepare the speciments for digitisation. Considerable effort will be made to digitise the collections and make them publically accessible. Digitised, the collections provide unique data for climate, biodiversity and landscape research as well as for environmental authorities and educational institutions. A further goal is to promote training for collection management and taxonomic expertise.

Distribution of institutions, disciplines and funds of SwissCollNet projects

90 main- and co-grantees and their teams from 34 institutions from all over Switzerland work on many different natural history collections.

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Disciplinary distribution of SwissCollNet projects
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Numerous collections from biology and geosciences will be modernised and digitised

Number of institutions and projects
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Almost every canton with public and non-profit collection-holding institutions is participating

Cantonal and disciplinary distribution of SwissCollNet funds
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Cantonal and disciplinary distribution of SwissCollNet funds