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Abraham Lincoln's life mask 3D scan. Sculptor Clark Mills, 1865

This week we have been partnering with the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution(NMAfA) to digitize and create online experiences for their collection of incised elephant ivory tusks.

The project will enable research and interpretation of the cultural context of the tusks collected in Africa, and conservation issues surrounding the ivory trade. We hope that this project will provide a platform by which NMAfA can create interactive programs and exhibits for the public and generate an appreciation of the African artists and cultures that created these artworks. The team for this project includes Collections, Conservation, Photography, and Archives staff from the National Museum of African Art, as well as three scanning technicians from DPO.

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Smithsonian 3D Digitization updated their cover photo.
October 20
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A great example from Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History of 3D scanning and printing for cultural heritage.

#musetech #SIDIGI #SIxDIGI #3d

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Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Shee aan, or Tlingit throwing boards, were nearly lost to history, until researchers from Alaska and the Smithsonian intervened with new 3D technology. Using a ...CT scanner, researchers identified hidden metal reinforcements that suggested the Shee aan were practical tools, instead of ornamental objects. In this video, Smithsonian archaeologist Eric Hollinger tests this hypothesis with 3D-printed Shee aan. #SIDIGI

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Day 2 of the @Smithsonian #Digitization Fair starts now! Live stream here: #sidigi #musetech

Send in your questions on twitter using #SIDIGIQA

The 137 million objects in the Smithsonian’s vast and irreplaceable museum collections and their supporting data, our programs, and the immense holdings of our libraries and archives and research centers represent millions of years of chronological time, myriad peoples and nations, and a wide cross-...

Today is the first day of the 2017 @Smithsonian #Digitization Fair! Stream the conference live:

Visit for the event program.

Use #sidigi to discuss the conference, and please send in questions for the panelists via twitter using #sidigiqa

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Did we mention all the Presidential models from #AmericasPresidents are downloadable? 3D print away!

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The renovated #AmericasPresidents exhibit reopens today at National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution with some excellent new digital content!

After 18 months of planning and extensive renovations, “America’s Presidents”—the National Portrait Gallery’s “must see” exhibition—reopens to the public Sept. 22. As part of the reopening, a selection of sculptures from the exhibit were 3D scanned and have been made available to view, download, and 3D print. Explore the collection here:

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The Smithsonian's Mass Digitization Program is hiring! The Mass Digitization Program performs extremely high volume photographic imaging on Smithsonian Collections. Please help spread the word!

Smithsonian Digitization added 10 new photos.


If you're a highly motivated, self starter that can coordinate large projects, has an understanding of imaging techn...ology, and wants to lead comprehensive mass digitization efforts, please see this federal government job opening for a Mass Digitization Project Manager at the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office:

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Right now, we are scaling up @Smithsonian #3D #digitization efforts using #automation, #metadata, and a 3D repository. Read about our current state and room for improvements below.

"3D Digitization of museum collection objects has traditionally been a boutique operation with lengthy capture and processing times, which translates to a high cost and low throughput method for creating 3D digital surrogates. As such, we are looking for ways to improve these methods and go from scanning individual objects to scanning entire collections."

"The Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge” in the Digital Age

Read about our Battle Royale of 3D tech!

#3d #3dscanning #pewpew #musetech #SIx3D Smithsonian

The scene is set: capture 3 objects from the Freer|Sackler Gallery’s Chinese bronze collection with 3 different methods in 8 hours. Our protagonists stand before us: 4 members of the DPO staff with sharp eyes and willing hearts. Max Anderson is armed with an automated photogrammetry rig and enough…
Smithsonian 3D Digitization updated their cover photo.
July 28
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Brace for Impact & reserve your tickets now for the Smithsonian's Digitization Fair! Tickets:…
Speaker lineup:

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Save the date and brace for impact! The Smithsonian Digitization Fair Reboot is happening 10/18/17 -
10/19/17. Registration and details coming soon!…

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Our team is wrapping up #3D capture of the Space Shuttle Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian With over 12,000 images captured we'll be processing this data for months

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Smithsonian 3D Digitization is with Tanja Dzambazova and 3 others.
March 14

While the snowstorm shutdown our conference today you can still check out Autodesk and Smithsonian teams presenting on their #3D collaboration. #RealityCapture #VR

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Dear 2017 Smithsonian Digitization Fair Attendee,

It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the Fair and reschedule it in the Fall.

As you may have heard, a severe winter storm is due to hit the Northeast region of the US starting Monday evening (March 13) and continuing into Tuesday (March 14.) Washington, D.C. is in the path of this storm. Heavy snowfall and winds are predicted.


We know that many speakers and attendees are traveling from afar and may already have begun their journeys or have arrived in Washington, D.C. by now. Our speakers and panelists also have spent considerable time in developing their presentations for this event and our sponsors were looking forward to meeting with everyone and engaging with the cultural heritage community.

We have made this decision based on safety considerations and the following factors:

Weather predictions continue to forecast hazardous conditions on Tuesday and hazardous ice conditions on Wednesday. Such conditions suggest many registrants from the local and Northeast region will not be able to travel to the Fair.

Depending on the impact of the storm, the federal government may choose to close all government buildings, or (more likely) call for a delayed opening (which means federal buildings will not open until several hours later than usual.) Either of these options presents logistical obstacles: a closure means our venue (the National Museum of Natural History) is unavailable, and a delayed opening means our venue would not open until a much later time in the day, making the running of a full program impossible.

Support staff critical to running the Fair (e.g., security staff, catering, registration desk staff) may not be able to get into the city.

All these factors were weighed carefully and led us to make this decision. We truly regret this inconvenience. I know everyone at the Smithsonian was looking forward to this event with great excitement and anticipation, hoping to spur conversations, glean new insights, and move forward in our work with increased zeal. We will be rescheduling the event in the Fall, and hope you will join us then.

If you are a Digitization Fair speaker or attendee who has already arrived in Washington, D.C. for the Fair, please let us know by emailing

I thank you for your understanding.



Diane Zorich | Director

Smithsonian Institution | Digitization Program Office

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