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From Conveyor Belt to Conservation Policies

Digitization at the National Herbarium The United States National Herbarium, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, contains approximately 5 million pressed plant specimens.  These specimens date back as far as the 1840s, having been collected during early

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MoMA’s Digital Archive of Louise Bourgeois Prints

MoMA is currently hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ printed work, and when the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait opened back in September they published a coinciding digital archive: Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books. Bourgeois is commonly celebrated for

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Will Offer Open Access to Public Domain Images in its Collection

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that 375,000 images from its collection that are in the public domain will be available for free to anyone who wants to use them. While the Met is not the only major

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Google’s New PhotoScan App Enables Consumer-Grade Photo Archives

Google has launched a new PhotoScan App on that provides users with a time-saving and simple digitization workflow. The app (available for IPhone and Android) is designed to scan a photographic print, eliminate any glare, and store the digital file

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New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories

The New York Public Library is currently working on digitizing 137 years of New York City Directories with plans to make the entire collection available online and text searchable. Directories spanning 1849/50 to 1923 have already been digitized, and directories spanning

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