Creating a Digital Smithsonian, One Bug at a Time, Preferably in 3-D

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Thursday 8th November, 2012

1:30pm to 3:00pm (PST)

The Smithsonian Institution consists of 19 museums and nine research facilities, which include countless archives and a library with 20 branches. Its collection of 139M museum objects, specimen and library volumes are dispersed over 41 facilities. The institutional Strategic Plan as well as the Digitization Strategic plan call for a massive ramp-up in digitizing these collections. The Smithsonian Digitization Program Office grapples with the question of how to conceptualize the capture of this immense and immensely heterogeneous collection, and works hand-in-hand with Smithsonian units who are at the front-line of increasing the rate of digitization. In this session, you’ll learn about scoping the pan-Institutional challenge; about a new effort at the National Museum of Natural History to prototype innovative ideas for capturing both descriptive metadata and surrogates of collection objects and specimens; and an effort to determine what role 3D technologies should play in creating a digital Smithsonian.

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Günter Waibel

Director, Digitization Program Office, Smithsonian Institution or how to digitize 18 museums, 7 research ctrs, 20 libraries, countless archives, and a Zoo. bio from Twitter

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MCN 2012

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