Smithsonian Institution Website

Digitization Program Office

A Showcase for Digitization Projects at the Smithsonian

SI Digi Blog

2014 Smithsonian Institution Digitization Fair
Author: Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, OCIO
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:51
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.
Digitizing bees at the National Museum of Natural History
Author: Ken Rahaim, DPO
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 15:03
Follow Us on Our 40-day Odyssey to Digitize over 40,000 Bumble Bees from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's Entomology Dept's Bombus Collection!
Author: Kelly Crawford, Smithsonian Gardens
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:30
Author: Jessica Warner Beauchamp, DPO
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 09:58
  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. 
Hirshhorn ARTLAB+ digital studio for teens
Author: Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 15:46
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?
3D model of Lincoln life mask in the 3D Explorer
Author: Vince Rossi, DPO 3D Imaging
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 15:20
Learn how to use the split screen mode to compare the two Abraham Lincoln life mask 3D scans. This tool allows you to compare any of the Smithsonian X 3D models side-by-side. As we grow the Smithsonian X 3D collection, this tool will become even more useful!        
Author: Jon Barrett, Carl Bobrow, Ben Sullivan, Jim Walker, National Air and Space Museum
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:40
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.
Adam Metallo, Guenter Waibel, Vince Rossi Nominated for 2014 Sammie Award
Author: Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, OCIO
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 15:56
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.
Cosmic Buddha sculpture
Author: J. Keith Wilson, Freer Sackler Galleries of Art
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 08:03
Although it now lacks its head and hands, this standing image of a Buddha is still impressive.
Cosmic Buddha Sculpture
Author: Vince Rossi, DPO 3D Imaging
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 14:28
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.