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Hansjorg Ahrens works as a Content Developer and Project Manager with the Educational Development Department of Naturalis. He specialises in digital applications for learning about nature.
Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Hansjorg rolled into natural history and education by chance. Since the dawn of the internet, Hansjorg has explored the potentials of web sites and apps in formal and informal learning. ‘Our education heavily focuses on schools and families. These are the target groups where I can share my passion for nature the best’.
In his spare time, Hansjorg devotes many hours to (paleontological) citizen science projects.
Expedition Online: A digital journey through natural history collections
42 million objects in our vast natural history collection and only a few thousand to be admired in our museum. To make the whole collection accessible to our museum audience, we are building Expedition Online. Through a partnership between Naturalis, Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam, Q42 (internet bureau) and Fabrique (design studio), each party’s expertise is used to allow visitors to explore and research objects and stories based on their own interests, but also to give them the opportunity to create their own story.
In this session, we share how we have jointly tackled the technical, accessibility, design and educational challenges.