Launched in 2009, SYNTHESYS is a joint project to increase access to 337,204,000 Natural History specimen in 20 Natural History museums across Europe both physically and virtually through online Collections Databases.
As well as enhancing access to and research use of this material, a Joint Research Activity will enable researchers to extract important DNA samples from archival material.
The SYNTHESYS network has developed a range of training resources which enable museums to evaluate and care for their Natural History collections and to make them accessible for use via SYNTHESYS itself. Further information about the training resources can be found at http://synthesys.cybertaxonomy.africamuseum.be/.
To enable museums with Natural History Collections to assess their suitability for participation in SYNTHESYS, the network has provided an online self-assessment form, based on two sections:
1. Institutional management
2. Collections care
The online SYNTHESYS self-assessment form can be found at: http://www.synthesys.info/II_na_2_selfasses.htm.