The use of modern electronic media offers new ways of (environmental) knowledge transfer. All kind of information
can be made quickly available as well as queryable and can be processed individually.
The Institute for Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing (IGF) in collaboration with the Osnabrueck Zoo, is developing a
zoo information system, especially for new media (e.g. mobile devices), which provides information about the animals
living there, their natural habitat and endangerment status. Thereby multimedia information is being offered to the zoo
The implementation of the 2D/3D components is realized by modern database and Mapserver technologies. Among
other technologies, the VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) standard is used for the realization of the 3D
visualization so that it can be viewed in every conventional web browser. Also, a mobile information system for Pocket
PCs, Smartphones and Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC) is being developed.
All contents, including the coordinates, are stored in a PostgreSQL database. The data input, the processing and other
administrative operations are executed by a content management system (CMS).