18 May 2015

Smithsonian + Conveyor Belt = Excellent Digital Imaging System


Digitizing is very important to family history researchers.  We are often unable to physically visit an archive, library or other repository of interest to us. Even if we can visit these repositories, all of the holdings may not be available for us to access.  Given this, the digitization of collections becomes invaluable.

An issue with digitization is that we are often talking very very large collections and that many collections involve 3-D objects.

The Smithsonian with its massive collection is quite aware of this challenge and it working on ways to “speed up” (the pun is intended and you’ll understand why when you watch the video) the digitization of its collections.

Given its scale and diversity, the Smithsonian’s collection of 138 million items presents a unique digitization challenge. This video showcases a conveyor belt driven imaging system digitizing 270,000 items from the numismatics collections at the National Museum of American History in a matter of months.

Click on this link here to watch a video about Smithsonian X Digitization: A conveyor-belt driven imaging system.

This video gives a great overview of the challenge and then one solution created to facilitate in a cost affective and expeditious way the digitization of one collection with the resultant very high quality images.

Do check it the video out!  It’s great to see creative solutions coming about of the Smithsonian and its institutions.

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