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NOT Business as Usual at the 2014 Smithsonian Digitization Fair

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:51 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, OCIO
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2014 Smithsonian Institution Digitization Fair

At the Smithsonian’s biennial Digitization Fair, we strive to bring together the entire digitization community from our 19 museums and 9 research centers to share best practices, great ideas and lofty visions. This year, for the first time, we also invited a range of presenters from left field, so to speak.

Digitized or Not Digitized--That is the Question!

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:58 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Jessica Warner Beauchamp, DPO
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When I first started working for the Digitization Program Office eons ago in the fall of 2009, the Smithsonian had just published its first Digitization Strategic Plan.  Several working groups from across the Smithsonian were tasked with hashing out various aspects of the plan, such as setting priorities for digitization, standards, and life cycle management for digital assets. 

Interview with Cody Coltharp - ARTLAB+’s 3D Mentor

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:46 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Hirshhorn ARTLAB+ digital studio for teens

Cody Coltharp is the 3D guru and Game Design mentor at ARTLAB+, the Smithsonian’s free, drop-in digital studio for teens. Cody has a degree in mechanical sculpture from the New College of Florida and is the Art Director for Green Door Labs, a location-based gaming company that makes games for museums and schools.

How do you use 3D technology with the teens?

Rapid Capture Composited Imagery and the Use of the XYZ Table

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:40 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Jon Barrett, Carl Bobrow, Ben Sullivan, Jim Walker, National Air and Space Museum
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NASM RCCI XYZ Table

Over the past year the Collections Department of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) has been developing a multi-image compositing technique, colloquially know as Rapid Capture Composited Imagery (RCCI). This process was developed in order to achieve high resolution photography of large, two dimensional and of nearly single-plane 3-D objects by utilizing off-the-shelf technology and equipment in a quick and efficient manner.

We’ve Been Nominated!

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 15:56 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, OCIO
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Adam Metallo, Guenter Waibel, Vince Rossi Nominated for 2014 Sammie Award

On the West Coast, they have the Oscars for those who have done good on the silver screen. I just recently learned that on the East Coast, we have the Sammies for those who have done good in federal government. The Sammies, also known as the Samuel J.

Hidden Features of 3D Explorer - Ambient Occlusion Maps

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:28 -- BeauchampJW
Author: 
Vince Rossi, DPO 3D Imaging
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Cosmic Buddha Sculpture

Watch this video and learn how to use the Smithsonian 3D Explorer’s ambient occlusion map tools to pull out surface detail that is hard to see with the naked eye. Ambient occlusion maps allow you to darken areas of high curvature and lighten areas of low curvature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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