National Museum of Namibia
Bird Department + IT
P.O. Box 1203
Born in Kisangani, (Democratic Republic of) Congo, raised and variously educated in Burundi, Holland, Nigeria and South Africa, Joris Komen is curator of birds and IT manager at the National Museum of Namibia, and has spent many years working on endemic avifauna of southern Africa, focusing on bio-energetics, behavior, bio-acoustics and systematics research. Much of this work has been published in local and international journals. While he continues to have a deep commitment to bird biology, the Internet and computerization of museum collection inventories have irrevocably lured him into information technology, and he increasingly spends more time and energy promoting its relevance to African museums and allied educational institutions. He established an Internet presence for the National Museum of Namibia, one of the very first African museum web sites, and presently the only museum in Africa with searchable online collection inventory databases. He also coordinates the African Museum Internet (AMI) Project, which attempts to facilitate Internet access at museums in Africa. Joris is also a founding member of Namibia's Internet Development Foundation (NAMIDEF) and is presently its vice-chairman. His broader interests include wildlife resource management and alternative technologies for environmentally sustainable ways of living.
Joris presented Insect@thon: Schools, Museums and Biodiversity