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Company Overview of Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution owns and operates museums and research facilities. The institute offers object, artwork, and specimens display and exhibition and event management services. Additionally, it provides research services. Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Colombia.
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Founded in 1846
Key Executives for Smithsonian Institution
President of Smithsonian Enterprises
Editor-in-Chief of Smithsonian Magazine
Chief of Staff to the Secretary
Chief of Staff to the Board of Regents
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.
Smithsonian Institution Key Developments
Smithsonian Releases 3-D Collection and Launches New 3-D Explorer
Nov 13 13
The Smithsonian unveiled the Smithsonian X 3D Collection and 3-D explorer. The announcement kicked off the Smithsonian X 3D Conference, a two-day event focused on the current state of the Institution's 3-D program and where it is headed in the future. The Smithsonian X 3D Collection features objects from the Smithsonian that highlight different applications of 3-D capture and printing, as well as digital delivery methods for 3-D data in research, education and conservation. Among the objects in the collections are: The Wright Flyer (National Air and Space Museum): The 3-D scan of the Wright Flyer allows users to explore the fine details of the artifact, providing a window into the Wright's inventive genius and understanding of the principles of flight. Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnant (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory): This multi-wavelength 3-D reconstruction of Cassiopeia A uses X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and optical data from NOAO's 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak and the Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT 2.4-meter telescope.
Autodesk, Inc. and Smithsonian Debuts the Smithsonian x3D Explorer
Nov 13 13
Autodesk, Inc. and the Smithsonian debuted the Smithsonian x3D Explorer, an interactive 3D educational tool accessible to anyone via the web. Autodesk built the tool exclusively for the Smithsonian to democratize access to prized specimens and to bring their stories to life. The public can now experience priceless objects digitized by the Smithsonian like never before, from seeing “behind the glass” to holding 3D printed replicas. 3D technology is beginning to revolutionize museums in the same way it has revolutionized entertainment, manufacturing, and architecture, and the Smithsonian aims to be at the forefront of this transformation. Autodesk actively supports a variety of museums and national heritage organizations with its reality computing technology to help preserve and protect cultural heritage artifacts, structures and even fossils. Creating detailed 3D models means that some of the world’s most prized artifacts and scientific specimens housed in the Smithsonian collection will be preserved and made available to the world, enhancing education and research for generations to come. Less than 1% of the Smithsonian’s collection is on display at any time, and some objects in their collection will never be on display. The ability to showcase objects digitally opens up a world of education and exploration like never before. While a significant amount of the organization’s “flat” objects such as photos or documents have been digitized, most Smithsonian collections are of 3D objects. Autodesk worked with the Smithsonian to create an entire web experience: a museum online complete with a gallery, guided tours, research data, and a 3D object explorer. The x3D Explorer launches with 3D models of 21 representative objects from its collection. The Smithsonian’s x3D Explorer’s stunning 3D models of historic treasures and scientific specimens are available for anyone for free to view, study, interact, visually manipulate, and share. Many of the 3D models are available to download for personal and educational use, including the ability to produce physical objects using 3D printing. For example, classrooms around the globe can now work with educational replicas of these artifacts, and hopefully encourage further interest students to explore the vast collections of science, technology, engineering and anthropology that is captured at the Smithsonian.
Wayne Clough to Retire as Secretary of Smithsonian Institution, in October 2014
Sep 18 13
The head of the Smithsonian Institution announced that he will retire next year from the company. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said on September 18, 2013 that he will retire in October 2014, after more than six years in the post. Clough came to the Smithsonian in 2008 after serving as president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years. The Smithsonian Board of Regents will form a committee to conduct an international search for a new secretary. Regent John McCarter Jr., the former president of the Field Museum in Chicago, will chair the committee.
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