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Mass Digitization: Cooper Hewitt Museum

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.
Mass Digitization Dashboard

Automation in Mass Digitization Projects

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.
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Support Your Smithsonian

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.
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2019 SI Digitization Conference Recap

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.
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Resource Coalition & Project Planning

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.

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. We support our colleagues around the Smithsonian by helping to build workflows, which move objects from storage to digital capture stations efficiently; by creating sustained high speed, high quality digitization processes; by pairing up the digital surrogates we create with the collection records stored in the Smithsonian's various collection databases; and by making all this information available to you, the museum (and virtual museum) going public.


This responsibility takes us on a global hunt to find the best technologies and processes to achieve these goals; to conduct mass digitization projects to test and implement these new technologies and processes; to educate and train ourselves to understand these new approaches; and finally to integrate digitization operations into the day-to-day operations of the Smithsonian in order to give the world access to the Smithsonian’s vast collections.