The DPO’s Mass Digitization Program supports the 19 museums and 9 research centers that make up the Smithsonian Institution in their efforts to digitize their collections as comprehensively, quickly, and cost-effectively as possible.
The 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.
The Digitization Program Office’s 3D lab works with all of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and 9 research centers. Our team uses a variety of 3D scanning methods and tools to capture the geometric and sometimes color information of Smithsonian objects and scientific research sites: laser, structured light, photogrammetry and Computer Tomography (CT). A 3D scan is essentially nothing more than millions or billions of points of measurement of an object’s surface, or in some cases density.