Google Blog: Step aboard Discovery with virtual reality

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.”

Coin World: Josiah K. Lilly Jr. gold coin collection undergoing digitization

Coin World: Josiah K. Lilly Jr. gold coin collection undergoing digitization. “In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the congressionally approved donation of the Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, the 6,125 numismatic items that comprise the collection are being digitally imaged for online access.”

Smithsonian Institution Archives: An Intern’s Guide on How to Digitize a Field Book

Smithsonian Institution Archives: An Intern’s Guide on How to Digitize a Field Book . “What is a field book and how do you digitize one? These were the first two questions I asked when I came on board at the Archives as the Summer 2018 Field Book Project Digitization Intern. During the course of my internship, I discovered the answer to both questions and learned a lot about digitization practices and standards at the Smithsonian.”

Smithsonian Insider: See thousands of orchids in incredible detail in the Smithsonian’s newly digitized collection

Smithsonian Insider: See thousands of orchids in incredible detail in the Smithsonian’s newly digitized collection. “More than 8,000 living specimens in the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection have been digitized and are now available to see and study from anywhere in the world. The Smithsonian’s Mass Digitization Program, in association with the National Collections Program, started photographing the plants in December 2017 and recently put the complete collection online.”

Smithsonian: Hirshhorn Launches New Generation of Museum Mobile Video Guide

Smithsonian: Hirshhorn Launches New Generation of Museum Mobile Video Guide. “Visitors can come face-to-face with today’s most exciting artists this summer with Hirshhorn Eye (Hi for short), a revolutionary in-gallery instant art guide that uses machine learning to deliver exclusive video to any smartphone. Starting Saturday, June 30, Hi will connect museumgoers directly with the artists behind the art on view—including Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Lorna Simpson and many more—taking the viewer into their homes and studios to explore the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of contemporary art.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Launches New Podcast

Smithsonian: Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Launches New Podcast. “Today the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum launched its first podcast, ‘AirSpace.’ The museum contains the largest and most significant collection of air- and spacecraft in the world, and this new series aims to tell the human stories of achievement, failure and perseverance behind those famous machines. Each episode will demystify the world’s most popular museum, and explore why people are so fascinated with stories of exploration, innovation and discovery.”

Smithsonian: National Air and Space Museum Releases “VR Hangar” App

Smithsonian: National Air and Space Museum Releases “VR Hangar” App. “People across the country and around the world can now use their mobile phones to see moments that made air and space history with the new VR Hangar from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The VR Hangar brings some of the museum’s most important milestone artifacts to life using real 3-D-scan data in immersive virtual-reality vignettes. The app is optimized for use with Google Cardboard and similar devices, and is available free of charge in the iOS and Android app stores.”