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Impact! The Importance of Digitization at Smithsonian

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:56 -- AndersonN
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The DPO staff have been thinking and talking with our colleagues about how digitized collections can affect lives in significant and measurable ways by:

- Showcasing examples where digitized collections have initiated creativity, innovation and change in some area of human endeavor;

- Exploring ways museums, archives and libraries can maximize the impact of their digitized collections; and

DPO Mass Digitization at the Smithsonian: Imaging Workflow (Part 1)

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:37 -- BeauchampJW
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Jessica Warner and Ken Rahaim, DPO
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Measuring for imaging standard

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.

Venezuelan Botany Specimen is Half-Millionth Item Digitized!

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:30 -- BeauchampJW
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Jessica Beauchamp, DPO
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Mass digitization at National Museum of Natural History

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.  

Bell X-1 in 3D

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:52 -- sysadmin
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The National Air and Space Museum
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Bell X-1 in 3D

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.

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