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Collections as global research infrastructure

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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: 

  1. general improvement of collection storage,
  2. the development of efficient collections management and adequate staffing and 
  3. 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.