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Imaging Services Team Announcement

Please allow us to introduce our newest team in DPO’s Collections Digitization Program: The Imaging Services Team (IST).

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Mass Digitization, Paleobiology Locality Ledgers, and Transcription

­­­From November 2019 to March 2020, the Smithsonian Mass Digitization Program, part of the Digitization Program Office of the OCIO, embarked on the second phase of digitization production capturing fossil collections in partnership with the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and with support from the Smithsonian National Collections Program. The project’s goal was to digitize 38,000 marine invertebrate fossils found in the eastern Pacific from the Cenozoic era.

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Do it for the 'gram: Exploring Smithsonian augmented reality on Instagram Stories

Bring the Smithsonian into your home! Our museums may be temporarily closed, but you can now interact with our collections—and share them with friends—through our new Instagram effects!

The Smithsonian is proud to announce a collaboration between five of its museums, the Digitization Program Office, and Facebook to create augmented reality (AR) effects for ten iconic objects.

Why is AR + social so powerful?

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Voyager + AR

The DPO 3D team is excited to announce the test launch of new 3D augmented reality (AR) experiences within Voyager, our web-based 3D model explorer. Now you can drop a full-sized mammoth skeleton into your backyard or view a statue of George Washington in your living room!


The Digitization Program Office (DPO) supports discovery through digitization. Founded in 2009 as a division of the Smithsonian’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, DPO partners with others to increase the quantity, quality, and impact of digitized Smithsonian collections.

With more than 155 million objects and specimens, volumes, and archives, distributed across 21 museums, nine research centers, a zoo, and numerous storage facilities, the scale and diversity of Smithsonian collections present a unique digitization challenge. DPO addresses this challenge by establishing metrics to track digitization progress across the Institution, by digitizing collections using cutting edge technologies combined with high throughput, high quality processes, and by exploring ways to enhance the access, use, and impact of digitized Smithsonian collections.

We feel a great sense of urgency in bringing our collections online. With less than 1% of the collections on display at any one time, our digital collections provide building blocks and entryways to new journeys of discovery.