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Collection discovery simply explained

A guest contribution By Martin Wimmer & Max Kaplan in Media and Storytelling

30.11.2022

What do you have in your collection? Why do you want to digitize it? How exactly do you do that? What’s in it for us? Probably every museum knows these questions. With this healthy curiosity, visitors and users of exhibitions and collections make museum employees ponder. How can you answer such complex questions quickly? Quite simply: with short explanatory films.

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Our exhibit at the MS Wissenschaft 2022 in the data portal

By Jens Dobberthin

28.10.2022

The MS Wissenschaft was on the road in Germany and Austria for six months with the exhibition “Participate!”. Our exhibit on the subject of collection development was also there. Now it’s back. But you can still watch it online.

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Tangible digitization – Part 2

By Tina Schneider in Media and Storytelling

18.08.2022

On the trail of the accessible tactile experience, the Mediasphere For Nature team continues with the development of an upscaled tactile model of a dor beetle. This article shows current project developments and provides an outlook on the final project stage. 

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Virtual Natural Order between Art and Science

A guest contribution By Marlene Bart in Events

20.07.2022

“Theatrum Radix” is a transdisciplinary exhibition project with an associated series of events. It is a cooperation of the artist Marlene Bart with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Tieranatomisches Theater , which will be realized in May 2023.

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MuShell: The Music of the Sea Snails

A guest contribution By Daniel Viladrich Herrmannsdoerfer, Charlotte Roschka, Julia Stein, Daniel El-Assal, Anton Michel & Enver Felix Loayza Mora in Medien und Storytelling

08.06.2022

In the warm seabeds of this world live unique predators. Despite their slow crawl they hunt for prey with poisonous spikes. With all kinds of dots, stripes and fractals they paint their shells. We are talking about the cone and olive snails, which have fascinated people for thousands of years until today.

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Tangible digitization

By Tina Schneider in Media and Storytelling

12.05.2022

A current Mediasphere For Nature research project not only examines the topic “accessibility”, but also provides an innovative example of how to re-use our in-house collection objects. The focus is on a small inhabitant of our native wildlife: the dor beetle.

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Hacking the Ehrenberg Collection

By Jens Dobberthin

21.03.2022

For the current edition of the cultural hackathon Coding da Vinci we have contributed over 3000 historical drawings of microorganisms by famous researcher Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg . Read more about how to use and remix it in this blog post.

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Tactile crocodile at Exponatec in Cologne

By Tina Schneider in Events

17.12.2021

Our accessible crocodile model was again able to inspire trade fair visitors. The model was exhibited for three days at the most important trade fair for museums in Europe, the EXPONATEC COLOGNE.

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Snail Sounds from Patterns

By Christel Clerc & Nadja Tata in Media and Storytelling

10.12.2021

In the project MuShell – Music of the Shell, students from the TU Berlin make the diversity of patterns in nature audible. Inspired by the visual association between cylinder music boxes and conical snails, they transform the patterns of snail shells from the mollusk collection into musical scores. In doing so, they open up a new sonic approach to the collection and create 3D models for creative reuse.

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Accessible crocodile model at FOCUS conference

By Tina Schneider in Events

04.11.2021

Our tactile crocodile was on the road! At this year’s FOCUS conference, the accessible model of a saltwater crocodile was presented to an interested audience of museum experts.

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