SC06: Smithsonian Open Source 3D Pipeline

Course Number: SC06

Date: Monday 18 May, 2020
Time: 10:15 - 12:15 (2 hours)
Track: e-Records Compliance
Level: Introductory
Instructors: Vince Rossi and Jon Blundell

Benefits: This course enables the attendee to:

  • Learn about Packrat, Smithsonian’s prototype 3D data management tool.
  • Learn about Cook, Smithsonian’s beta 3D data automated processing tool.
  • Learn about Voyager, Smithsonian’s beta 3D viewer.

The Smithsonian is developing a suite of open source tools to produce, manage, and deliver 3D assets from the Institution’s collections at an ambitious scale. The beta versions (and eventual full releases) of these tools are being made freely available as open source projects to other museums, learning institutions, and commercial entities worldwide.

This short course includes lectures, live demonstrations, and open discussions. Attendees are given an overview of the Smithsonian’s 3D data management and delivery workflow, including the systems underlying metadata models. The workshop features live demonstrations of key workflow components such as ingest, automated 3D data processes, and authoring content around 3D models for web delivery. As these tools are still in active development, we look forward to an open discussion on the workflow and tools, with audience feedback encouraged.

Intended Audience: Museum, library, archive, and other professionals interested in managing and publishing 3D data. No technical skills are required, anyone from novice to expert is welcome to attend.

Vincent Rossi has a BFA in sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and graduate level fine art study at Goldsmiths College/University of London, England. He is the supervisor of the Smithsonian’s 3D Program which is part of the Digitization Program Office. Notable projects include 3D scanning of President Barack Obama, Apollo 11 Command Module, Armstrong’s spacesuit, and the Nation’s T. rex. 

Jon Blundell has been working at the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office since 2012 where he focuses on the technical challenges of the department; developing workflows and IT infrastructure to support the capture, processing, management, and public delivery of 3D data.

5/18/2020 10:00 AM - 5/18/2020 12:15 PM