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MapArt OpenSource Viewer Presentation

MapArt OpenSource Viewer Presentation


Watch the presentation, MapArt OpenSource Viewer: A Layered Solution for Viewing Scientific Imagery, created from the paper presented on April 5, 2013 at the IS&T Archiving 2013 Conference in Washington, DC. Keats Webb (MCI) and Reed Tomlinson, from MapArt Systems, present the MapArt OpenSource Viewer as an accessible tool allowing imaging specialists, researchers and conservators to integrate layers of image data from multiple techniques using GIS-based software. This gives the user the ability to virtually "walk through" and rearrange image layers of an object in a multispectral and multidimensional way. more...

Updated Methods for Digitization of Daguerreotypes Presentation

Updated Methods for the Digitization of Daguerreotypes


Watch the video presentation, Updated Methods for the Digitization of Daguerreotypes, created for the November 2012 Daguerreian Society Symposium in Baltimore, MD. Mel Wachowiak and Keats Webb present imaging techniques adapted for documenting daguerreotypes with various setups, lighting, and wavelengths including the customized enclosure setup, the DagHaus. Imaging techniques include scanning, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI), reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), gigapixel imaging, axial specular illumination and multispectral imaging. more...

Early Photography Website

Understanding Early Photography Website



This website introduces a project at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) that is working to characterize surface properties and composition using non-destructive scientific techniques, such as computational imaging, electron microscopy, and x-ray fluorescence. This site is designed to communicate scientific and technical data to scholars and the general public.

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Imaging Application Demos

Imaging Application Demos


MCI has been hosting a variety of demos and training sessions for imaging applications within the cultural heritage realm. Demos have include gigapixel imaging with Gixcel, Augmented Reality with Second | Site and RTI training with CHI.

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Paper Squeeze

Paper Squeezes


2010 Collections Care and Preservation Fund
Digitization Project Brings Ancient Near Eastern Inscriptions into 21st Century. The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives collaborated with the Museum Conservation Institute under a Collections Care and Preservation Fund grant to digitize the collection of paper squeezes using RTI.

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MCI Movies

Movies at MCI


Click here to see a collection of movies that investigate a variety of imaging techniques along with interviews with MCI Research Scientists Mehdi Moini and Ed Vicenzi.

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Megafauna Bone with Carving

Earliest Art in the Americas


Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Florida have announced the discovery of a bone fragment, approximately 13,000 years old, in Florida with an incised image of a mammoth or mastodon. This engraving is the oldest and only known example of Ice Age art to depict a proboscidean (the order of animals with trunks) in the Americas.

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