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'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark

By on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:27

The bid to create a "global digital museum" has been welcomed by scientists, who say it will enable them to study valuable specimens that are currently "hidden" in museum drawers.

Museums including London's Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian in Washington DC are involved.

They have set out ambitious plans to digitise millions of specimens.

Digitization and the Museu Nacional de Brasil

By Diane Zorich, Director, DPO on Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:00

The fire at the Museu de Nacional de Brasil evokes a visceral sense of loss - for the people of Brazil and the devastation this has wrought on their nation’s patrimony.

Smithsonian 3D Metadata Model

By DPO on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:33

As 3D digitization becomes more common in collections documentation, there is a growing demand for tools to address the specific needs of 3D data stewardship. Central to this is the identification and creation of metadata models to describe these digital surrogates.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office wins prize in GBIF 2018 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

By DPO on Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:28

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Secretariat announced today that the Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office (DPO) was selected by an expert jury as a winner in the 2018 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge. The entry, submitted by DPO Informatics Program Officer Luis J. Villanueva, the GBIF Issues Explorer, won a Second Place award among 23 entries from countries around the world.