SwissCollNet is issuing a first call for project proposals to make specimen data held in the Swiss natural history collections digitally available for research, education and society. Project duration is limited to a maximum of 24 months.
Conditioning, determination, re-determination, revision and databasing
This field focuses on the management of collections with the aim of conditioning and integrating un-accessioned specimens into the collections. Projects may put emphasis on the integration of specimens into collections (i.e. conditioning), the determining or re-determining of specimens and/or the taxonomic revision of selected taxonomic groups (in particular for national collections).
Digitisation, best practices and quality standard implementation
This field focuses on making specimen data digitally available (data mobilisation) and interconnected, thus improving access to data for research purposes as well as for the general public. The main task is to ensure that specimens are databased (i.e. digital capture of the information from specimen labels and on the specimens themselves) and that images of the specimens, where appropriate, are obtained.
Training of taxonomic experts, collection managers and staff
This field aims at providing training opportunities for establishing the expertise needed for implementing quality standards for collection management, internal revisions and for expanding collections as well as the exchange of highly specialised taxonomic expertise.
All Swiss public and non-profit natural history collection-holding institutions are invited to submit project proposals to modernise and digitise their collections, and by doing so contribute to give access to specimens through a common online portal, the Swiss Virtual Natural History Collection.
Small institutions/collections are highly encourraged to participate either on their own or in collaboration with bigger institutions.
|September 15th 2021|
|Online application portal opens||November 1st 2021|
|Submission deadline||December 17th 2021 (5 pm CET)|
|Evaluation and selection||January - March 2022|
|Notification to the applicants||March 31st 2022|
|Earliest start of the projects||April 3rd 2022|
|Latest start of the projects||September 1st 2022|
|Latest end of the projects||August 31st 2024|
Main and co-applicants are persons employed in a public and/or non-profit natural history collection-holding institution located in Switzerland. Joint applications between institutions are encouraged.