For information about how to support or collaborate with the Digitization Program Office, please send an email to: SI-DigitizationPartn@si.edu.
The Digitization Program Office thanks its donors and partners for their generous support to digitize the Smithsonian’s collections and make them available for discovery to the world.
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Our donors and partners are essential to building the Smithsonian of tomorrow. They support and often collaborate with the Digitization Program Office on exciting projects and technical challenges, all the while supporting our public mission to increase the quantity, quality, and impact of digitized Smithsonian collections. We are especially looking for donors and partners that help address the “scale” challenge in digitization.
Technology partner Autodesk Inc., a leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, created an in-browser 3D viewing platform so Smithsonian curators can publish interpretive and interactive 3D experiences of Smithsonian collections for the public. Autodesk also deployed specially designed equipment to scan the extremely challenging Apollo 11 Command Module and processed the complex data from multiple 3D capture devices to create one highly detailed and accurate model.
Google VR, together with the Air and Space Museum and the Digitization Program Office, captured NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery with Light fields, providing an astronaut’s view inside the orbiter’s flight deck which has never been open to the public through Google VR’s “Welcome to Light Fields” experience.
FARO, a longtime supporter of the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office, through its 3D laser scanning technology for high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and compound structures, has helped the Smithsonian to 3D digitize many of it’s iconic objects, such as Hiram Power’s model of the Greek Slave sculpture (1843) in the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, and Cerro Ballena, a unique site that preserved several dozen skeletons of fossil whales.
Google Arts and Culture is supporting the Digitization Program Office’s efforts to mass digitize the Smithsonian’s vast collections, including 18,000 graphic arts posters from World Wars I and II in the collection of the National Museum of American History.
Bob and Judy Huret
We thank them for their generous support for the 3D Program.
Digital Transitions is supporting the Digitization Program Office with Phase One Certified Professional Workshops, a specialized training program for cultural heritage institutions on Capture One software and professional imaging hardware. The workshops are part of the Digitization Program Office’s Quality Digitization Training Series.
Hasselblad is supporting the Digitization Program Office with a specialized training program for cultural heritage institutions, focusing on both Phocus software and professional imaging hardware. The training program is part of the Digitization Program Office’s Quality Digitization Training Series.
Materialise is supporting the Digitization Program Office with Mimics Innovation Suite Software licenses for the post-processing of computer tomography (CT) scanning data. The licenses are used for research projects like the 3D rendering of a new fossil dolphin species.