This pilot project was conceived to establish what relevant biodiversity data are held by Scottish museums and universities and to publicise the existence and locations of these datasets, some of which may not currently be part of the recording process (i.e. not sent to national recording schemes, nor published in books or journals), in order to enable wider access to this information.

The lessons learnt through this pilot project might be used to plan the best future approach. It also provides an estimate of the time and costs involved in drawing up similar projects for other biological datasets held by Scottish universities and museums.