With its unique collection of more than 30 million objects, the Museum of Natural History in Berlin is one of Germany’s biggest and best-known natural history museums.
Since June 2017, Garamantis may count themselves amongst the museum’s select cooperating partners, with the main objective to develop and test interactive museum installations.
The project “Naturkunde 365/24” (Natural History 365/24) – the Museum of Natural History’s multimedia application laboratory” aims at making the collaboration between the Natural History Museum and Berlin’s creative and media industries as well as the educational and tourism sector both more efficient and more agile.
In this context, Garamantis and other companies get the chance to gain access to the museum’s extensive collection of digital media.
This impressive collection comprises, for instance, high-resolution 3D‑models, scanning electron microscope (SEM) data, gigapixel photographs, recordings of animal sounds, scanned books and other digitized objects. In the course of the project, a multimedia application laboratory for small and medium-sized enterprises is going to be developed, which will feature a media repository with a research portal, media content mediation, and a laboratory for product testing. The pilot studies and development campaigns conducted during this project will subsequently be evaluated scientifically.
In order to turn the museum’s singular treasure‑trove of data and its potential into a concrete experience immediately perceptible for companies and businesses, Garamantis will design an interactive multi‑touch installation which is going to be presented during the Long Night of Museums on August 19, 2017. Besides giving museum visitors the chance to playfully interact with the museum’s multimedia collection, this event will also serve as a test run to evaluate the technology’s potential for the museums community.