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Impact! The Importance of Digitization at Smithsonian

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:56 -- AndersonN

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

Diane Zorich

Diane Zorich
Director, Digitization Program Office

As Director of the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office (DPO), Diane Zorich leads an expert team in digitizing Smithsonian collections to maximize their impact for the public. She oversees mass digitization, 3D digitization, and digitization assessment activities that develop and improve digitization processes across the Institution, and works to increase the quality and quantity of digital assets representing Smithsonian collections.

Megan Dattoria

3D Specialist

Borne of polygons and fire, Megan joined the Smithsonian with a background in 3D modeling and traditional metalsmithing.  After receiving her degree in Interdisciplinary Object Design from Towson University in 2012, she started with Smithsonian Exhibits (formerly the Office of Exhibits Central) making models and artifact mounts for exhibits.  In 2015, Megan broke the LCD ceiling and joined the 3D team’s “laser cowboys” as the first cowgirl.  Since then, she finds fulfillment digitizing the Smithsonian’s collections and supporting the broadening of access to America’s treasures.


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