Joplin Globe: Area students partner with Smithsonian for nationwide research project. “The project, called Snapshot USA, is a partnership between the museum and one university from each of the 50 states with students capturing photographs and collecting research for a national wildlife database. The goal is to analyze nationwide trends in mammal communities, as well as the influence of human beings on nature.”
Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian Launches New Online Materials Based on Accurate and Comprehensive Native Peoples History. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is looking to change the narrative about American Indians in classrooms, transforming how teachers are teaching history to achieve a more inclusive, accurate and complete education. As part of its national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360 Degrees (NK360°), the National Museum of the American Indian has launched new online educational resources about the Pawnee Treaties, the Cherokee Nation Removal and the Inka Empire that will expand teachers and students’ knowledge and understanding of the contributions and experiences of Native Peoples of the Western Hemisphere.”
Smithsonian: Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit On Display at National Air and Space Museum for 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. “The effort to protect and display Armstrong’s suit also included sharing it with a wider audience. The museum and the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office 3-D scanned the suit, helmet and gloves. Through laser-arm scanning, structured light, photogrammetry and medical CT scanning, anyone in the world with an internet connection can now peek inside the suit and take a guided tour of its many complex components. The team has also made the data available so the public can download the high-resolution 3-D model for use in AR/VR platforms, animation software and 3-D printing. The scan data and a tour of the 3-D model are now available.”
CNN: Smithsonian interested in obtaining migrant children’s drawings depicting their time in US custody. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has inquired about obtaining disturbing drawings by migrant children that depict figures with sad faces behind bars.”
Smithsonian: Smithsonian Launches Transcription of Audio Collections. “The Smithsonian Transcription Center now invites members of the public to transcribe digitized audio collections from across the Smithsonian. The program, ‘TC Sound,’ is the first federal crowdsourcing platform to offer audio transcription projects to its volunteers. Visual film transcription will debut in the fall.”
Washington Post: The Smithsonian is digitizing political and military posters — 18,000 of them. “…the National Museum of American History is now finishing a massive project to digitize 18,000 of its old political and military posters to make them easily accessible and to expand awareness of figures and issues long vanished from the headlines. [Kelly] Manno and [Amelia] Brookins, both 26, and colleague Thomas English, 31, have been working since December in a makeshift photography studio in the museum, cranking out more than 200 digitized images a day.” The posters are expected to be online by late summer.
Google Blog: Step aboard Discovery with virtual reality. “Today, on the 34th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s maiden voyage, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and Google Arts & Culture have teamed up to bring visitors into the orbiter like never before. Two of the astronauts who helped deliver Hubble to orbit as part of STS-31—Maj Gen Charlie Bolden and Dr. Kathy Sullivan—take us on a 360 journey inside Discovery at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.”