Our collections of some 30 million objects form the central infrastructure of the MfN. The development of these collections as part of a global scientific infrastructure aims at improvements in collection storage, accessibility, utility and relevance for science, education, culture, citizen science, innovative products and technologies. Biggest challenges and long-term tasks are:
- general improvement of collection storage,
- the development of efficient collections management and adequate staffing and
- opening our collections through digitization. This will allow for better research conditions, encourage more educational, cultural or business use , enable knowledge transfer, technological developments and the deepening of relationships and engagement with new and old users.
The concept of DCOLL outlines these central goals.