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Mass Digitization, Cooper Hewitt Collection Images

Mass Digitization

The DPO’s Mass Digitization Program supports the Smithsonian Institution in its efforts to digitize its collections as comprehensively, quickly, and cost-effectively as possible.

3D Model of a Woolly Mammoth

3D Digitization

The 3D Program is a small group of technologists working within the Smithsonian Institution's Digitization Program Office. We focus on developing solutions to further the Smithsonian's mission of “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” through the use of three-dimensional scanning technology, analysis tools, and our distribution platform.

RIT Group Photo

RIT Workshop: Image Processing Algorithms and Color Theory

This month DPO’s 3D and Mass Digitization teams, along with several SI studio photographers, traveled to RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences for the first in a series of hands-on workshops. The first workshop in the series, "Optimizing Digital Imaging Outcomes" was a refresher on the entire imaging chain. The course was coordinated by DPO's Mass Digitization Sr.


Articulated Woolly Mammoth Manga

Exciting things happen when you set data free!

Teraoka Gensyou, a toy designer and comic artist from Japan, downloaded our Woolly Mammoth scan, created a new version with posable joints AND created a manga about the whole process. Read the story below and then download and 3D print your own posable mammoth here.

View the original mammoth here.


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 19 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.