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3D model of Lincoln life mask in the 3D Explorer
Author: Vince Rossi, DPO 3D Imaging
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 15:20
Learn how to use the split screen mode to compare the two Abraham Lincoln life mask 3D scans. This tool allows you to compare any of the Smithsonian X 3D models side-by-side. As we grow the Smithsonian X 3D collection, this tool will become even more useful!        
Author: Jon Barrett, Carl Bobrow, Ben Sullivan, Jim Walker, National Air and Space Museum
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:40
Over the past year the Collections Department of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) has been developing a multi-image compositing technique, colloquially know as Rapid Capture Composited Imagery (RCCI). This process was developed in order to achieve high resolution photography of large, two dimensional and of nearly single-plane 3-D objects by utilizing off-the-shelf technology and equipment in a quick and efficient manner.
Adam Metallo, Guenter Waibel, Vince Rossi Nominated for 2014 Sammie Award
Author: Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, OCIO
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 15:56
On the West Coast, they have the Oscars for those who have done good on the silver screen. I just recently learned that on the East Coast, we have the Sammies for those who have done good in federal government. The Sammies, also known as the Samuel J.
Cosmic Buddha sculpture
Author: J. Keith Wilson, Freer Sackler Galleries of Art
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 08:03
Although it now lacks its head and hands, this standing image of a Buddha is still impressive.
Cosmic Buddha Sculpture
Author: Vince Rossi, DPO 3D Imaging
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 14:28
Watch this video and learn how to use the Smithsonian 3D Explorer’s ambient occlusion map tools to pull out surface detail that is hard to see with the naked eye. Ambient occlusion maps allow you to darken areas of high curvature and lighten areas of low curvature.       
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.