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3D Scanning T Rex Diagram
Author: Jon Blundell, DPO 3D Imaging
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 14:23
On April 15, 2014 sixteen wooden crates containing the Nation’s T. rex arrived at the National Museum of Natural History from Montana. While the curators are carefully unpacking the crates, and performing a condition evaluation, the Smithsonian X 3D scanning team is making digital models of the bones. We are using handheld 3D scanners to capture high-resolution surface and color information from each bone. We’re scanning the entire T. rex, so it will take time—there are more than 200 bones and the T. rex requires careful handling.
Author: Ken Rahaim, DPO Mass Digitization
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 10:09
Here’s the challenge laid out in very simple terms—this a traditional flatbed scanner:     Depending on the resolution, a single scan can take a while. Let’s be optimistic and call it 5 minutes.     This is a traditional photo studio setup:
2014 Museum Surrogate Assessment
Author: Jessica Warner Beauchamp, DPO
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 14:02
The Smithsonian Institution's Digitization Program Office (DPO) establishes metrics which track digitization progress across the Smithsonian, and implements policy for the creation, management and oversight of millions of Smithsonian digital assets.
Making progress on the digitization challenge with Secretary Wayne Clough and Under Secretary Richard Kurin’s help.
Author: Günter Waibel, DPO
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 04:45
The Digitization Program Office (DPO) was founded to “integrate digitization into the core functions of the Smithsonian,” as the inaugural digitization strategic plan eloquently states. With 138 million objects and specimens, 157 thousand cubic feet of archival materials, and 2 million library volumes, all of which are housed in 41 facilities, 19 museums and 9 research centers, the scale and diversity of Smithsonian collections presents a unique digitization challenge.