Getting started with the API

By Jens Dobberthin in lab


This blog post is the prelude to a series of posts in which we show how you can use the API of the data portal to build your own data-driven applications. As a starter we will serve an interactive map inside a Jupyter Notebook.

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Everybody likes Maps

By Jasper Funk-Smit in lab


Everybody likes Maps, and when a collection is so large and diverse as ours it can be useful to get an idea about where all these bugs, minerals, sounds, fossils and other items actually came from. To facilitate this we developed a tool called Map Explorer which is an integrative part of our recently launched Data Portal.

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“Your Ocean Sound” in our data portal

By Christel Clerc and Nadja Tata in Events


This spring, we’re combining underwater noise and our newly released data portal with the music hackathon “Your Ocean Sound”. Your creativity is needed! We will present the winners at our next Mediasphere Meetup on April 26.

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Touch and feel: tactile panels with Spotted Woodpecker, Mason Bee & Co.

By Nadja Tata (MfN) in success stories


As of this fall, birds and insects can be experienced in the tactile exhibition “Bahnbrechende Natur” at Schöneberger Südgelände. The templates for the 3D graphics are objects from the collection of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

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MediaLab Meetup digital

By Nadja Tata (MfN), Andrea Geipel (DMD) and Johannes Sauter (DMD) in Events


On September 17th, Mediasphere For Nature and Deutsches Museum Digital Munich will kick off their joint Meetup series. The first tandem event will take place digitally and will deal with questions about the possibilities of cooperation between media professionals, students and museum-held media application labs (MediaLab).

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The barrier-free crocodile – an exhibit for the senses

By Nadja Heinisch und Eva Waldherr (werk5)


In a cooperation project of the Mediasphere For Nature and werk5, an original specimen of a saltwater crocodile from the collection of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin was digitized by 3D scanning. A full-size 3D model was created that cannot only be admired visually but can also be explored through our senses of hearing and touching.

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Skelex - Touching and dismantling allowed!

By Nadja Heinisch in Lab


‘Skelex’ is a virtual reality application that allows users to interactively explore exhibits of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. What is usually forbidden in the museum becomes possible with the virtual application: grabbing and pulling objects apart and much more.

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Inside Tumucumaque

A guest contribution By Stephanie Wieck (IMF) in success stories


What would it be like if we could move like a frog through the undergrowth of the Amazon rainforest? Float through the water like a caiman waiting for its prey? Or take off and circle the treetops of the rainforest like a harpy?

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Animal Beatbox

By Tina Schneider and Nadja Tata in lab


While we all try to avoid personal contact and possible infection with the corona virus, digital offers provide an entertaining potential despite all the restrictions of everyday life. Mediasphere For Nature would therefore like to present to you old friends from projects of the past years and thus offer a little bit of nature-related information and entertainment.

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Naturkunde 365/24 ends, Mediasphere For Nature stays

By Nadja Heinisch in Mediasphere


After more than three years, the project “Naturkunde 365/24”, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Berlin, is coming to an end. Through this funding, the Mediasphere For Nature was established as THE multimedia application lab at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

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