IKON Project Graphic
IKON Project Graphic


Human-Centered Computing Lab / Freie Universität Berlin

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Bundesministerium für Bildung & Forschung



Financial support:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


Nov 01, 2016 — Oct 31, 2019

Contact Person:

Jesse Benjamin


The Natural History Museum in Berlin (Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science) is the largest of its kind in Germany and is among the top 10 world-wide. The museum is home to over 30 Mio. collection objects, more than 250 researchers and more than 400 research assistants as well as PhD students, from disciplines such as biology, paleontology, mineralogy and information science.

Behind the publicly accessible spaces, these researchers work on manyfold projects in a multidisciplinary research setting. To bolster the MfN's efforts at ensuring knowledge transfer throughout its organisation, the HCC collaborates with the MfN in this BMBF-funded project to unveil the currently tacit knowledge, competencies, methods and research project information to the employees of the Museum. A formal ontology is developed to support this endeavor.

We aim to provide the researchers at MfN with (1) Wiki-based read and write access to research project information, (2) insights about potentials for knowledge transfer powered by linked data and (3) interactive visualisations of these networked sources of knowledge. Focussing on the seamless integration of these provisions, the HCC aims to set up an actionable and holistic system that visualises research project data and their potential for knowledge transfer in research museums like the MfN.