SI Digi Blog
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 10:54
Dear 2017 Smithsonian Digitization Fair Attendee, It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the Fair and reschedule it in the Fall.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 14:56
This year’s Digitization Fair is open to the public! The topic for 2017 is IMPACT. Seats for Day 1 are still available, but going fast! Click here to find out more and register! Why “impact”? Cultural heritage institutions know how to make their digital collections accessible. Our new challenge is demonstrating how they can shape lives, society and the large issues of our time.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 12:17
Once we’ve worked out the details for the Physical Workflow to ensure that the collections objects are moved safely and efficiently to and from the digitization work space, we turn our attention to the imaging workflow.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 14:37
In the previous blog post in this series (DPO Mass Digitization at the Smithsonian: Physical Workflow), we looked at the ins and outs of moving the National Museum of Natural History Department of Botany’s (http://botany.si.edu/) botanical specimen sheets from storage to the imaging station and back again. Now let’s take a look at the imaging workflow.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 15:02
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 12:35
This blog post is the first in a multi-part series looking in detail at each workflow for Mass Digitization projects managed by the Digitization Program Office’s MD team at the Smithsonian.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 10:30
The Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office team, working alongside staff from 9 museums across the Smithsonian, has reached a monumental digitization milestone! On Friday, November 6th, a Venezuelan Botany specimen sheet from the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Botany made its way down the conveyor belt, making it the 1/2-millionth item that a DPO-managed project has digitized since our Mass Digitization program began in earnest in late 2013.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 12:52
In April, the Smithsonian X 3D team pointed their lasers and scanners at the Bell X-1, the same iconic aircraft that shot Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager across the pristine skies of the Mojave Desert to a record-breaking speed. On October 14, 1947, in the Bell X-1, Yeager became the first pilot to fly faster than sound. Now, we can all get as close to the Bell X-1 as Yeager himself with the recently released 3D tour of the exterior of the aircraft.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 13:15
Every week or two we see news of another museum digitizing its collection and making it accessible online. The Smithsonian is no exception, and efforts are under way across our campus to scan artifacts, works of art, documents, and films and put them on our websites. These projects take months if not years to complete, but it is our high priority to open the museums to visitors beyond our walls, and digitization is a key part of our strategy.
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 13:52
Karen Lemmey, American Art's sculpture curator is organizing an installation that will include Hiram Power's Greek Slave, one of the most popular sculptures of the 19th century. As part of her preparation, she is working with Smithsonian X 3D, part of the Institution's Digitization program, to create a 3D model of the Greek Slave. Karen fills us in on the process.