The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and a large network of experts from museums, botanical gardens, institutions of higher education and partners have joined forces to launch SwissCollNet, the Swiss Natural History Collections Network.
With more than 60 million specimens of animals, plants, fungi, rocks, soil samples and fossils, Switzerland’s museums, universities, and botanical gardens store a remarkable scientific and patrimonial national treasure. However, less than one in five of these objects is digitized. This means that a large part of some unique data on biodiversity and the environment is not easily accessible for research, education and society.
SwissCollNet aims to unite all Swiss natural history collections, large or small, under a shared vision and with a common strategy to promote their importance, harness their scientific value for research and develop their educational potential for science and society.
This community roadmap expresses a vision for the future development of biological research in Switzerland and the infrastructure needs identified to realise this vision. It describes four dedicated network infrastructures with a common challenge of comprehensive data exploitation.Immagine: SCNAT
The federal government is promoting an improved access to natural science collections with a total amount of CHF 12.37 million until 2024. The digitised collections provide unique data for climate, biodiversity or agricultural research, for example. To this end, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has launched the Swiss Natural History Collections Network, SwissCollNet, to collaborate with museums, universities, and botanical gardens in laying the foundations for the digitisation and long-term management and use of the collections.Immagine: ETHZ-BIB/Pierre Kellenberger
La Suisse tend à faire mauvais usage de ses vastes collections de sciences naturelles, lesquelles contiennent plus de 60 millions d'objets. À l'heure actuelle, seulement 17 % des objets sont enregistrés numériquement et donc réellement accessibles pour l'évaluation scientifique. C'est ce que montre le rapport «Importance nationale des collections suisses de sciences naturelles» de l'Académie suisse des sciences naturelles (SCNAT). Par conséquent, la SCNAT préconise d’ investir davantage pour faire en sorte que les collections constituent une infrastructure de recherche réellement efficace.Immagine: Naturhistorisches Museum Basel