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AI in Cultural Heritage: An Iron Man Suit

By Doug Peterson and Brady Wilks Proper stewardship of a Cultural Heritage (CH) collection means far more than the possession of iconic physical items. Institutions must describe their collections in ways that make them accessible and useful to visitors, researchers, and humanity as a whole. Artificial Intelligence (AI), in its various forms, is emerging as a key to the efficient and scalable description of cultural heritage collections. In this article we will define and describe AI in the CH...

Learn More About Pixel Acuity!

Now, more than ever, digitization of our heritage is critical. Preserving cultural heritage collections, improving accessibility of historic records, and transcribing hidden scientific and forensic materials are just a few examples of projects that institutions have undertaken within the past year alone. Working with the world’s most demanding institutions has required us to optimize every aspect of our offerings. Each of our workstations complies with national and international image quality...

PA ArCHER Grant | Advisory Board

We are excited to announce the grant advisory board for the Pixel Acuity Artificial Intelligence in Cultural Heritage Exploratory Research Grant (PA ArCHER Grant). The granting advisory board is comprised of a small group of experts from Pixel Acuity, Digital Transitions, and RIVER ai, and some of the leading experts in cultural heritage digitization community. This board will oversee the entirety of the grant process for the PA ArCHER Grant project. See more below to learn more about the...

PA ArCHER Grant | Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to submit your application? Please submit your materials here. In addition to responding to some of your frequently asked questions below, Pixel Acuity hosted a webinar as a resource for applicants to get a better understanding of the grant. You can watch the event here. During the webinar, Pixel Acuity presented information relating to the grant including grant criteria, application process, our intention behind funding the project, and details related to equipment loans and technical...

The PA ArCHER Grant Deadline is Now Extended!

After considering our current timeline and requests from the community wanting to participate, we have decided to extend the proposal submission due date through the end of September.  We recognize this window is short and want to accommodate everyone so that more time is available. The proposal deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020 This means our current schedule will extend with the following revisions:Proposal Due Date – Sept. 30th 2020, 11:59PMAdvisory...

Announcing the PA ArCHER Grant

As the digitization industry continues to grow and evolve, there is increasing interest in how the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning might influence our community. The potential for how we can utilize this technology is only limited by our ability to identify possible uses and dedicate time needed to train AI/ML models. Pixel Acuity and Digital Transitions have partnered with RIVER ai in order to announce the Pixel Acuity Artificial Intelligence...

How Can Pixel Acuity Help Your Digitization Program In the Age of Social Distancing?

There are many unknowns in the world today and Cultural Heritage institutions everywhere are facing the same challenge – how to best serve the public and their mission while keeping their employees safe and healthy. We heard this first hand from many institutions during and following our recent webinar titled “Digitization in the Age of Social Distancing.” When coronavirus (COVID-19) struck, these institutions that are responsible for promoting the arts, history, and culture...

Mass Digitization at the Smithsonian – 30,000 Bees in 32 Days

The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History has the 2nd largest entomological collection in the world with approximately 34 million specimens representing over 60% of known insect families. When the time came to digitize a subset of this collection containing over 30,000 individual bees, speed, accuracy and efficiency were all critical factors, making Pixel Acuity’s experienced and technically advanced staff an ideal partner. This video from the Smithsonian highlights some of the amazing work...

Automatic OCR & Multipage PDF Creation

Introduction DT Pixel Acuity and History Factory have teamed up to provide holistic digitization related services. Part of these services include the digitization of bound material such as books, newspapers, annual reports, and magazines. The digitization of bound material calls for particular considerations around the fact that any given capture is part of a larger whole (for example, one page in a book, or one leaf of a newspaper). In order to add additional value to the digitized...

Scripting for the Smithsonian: Bees, Bones, & Barcodes

Introduction DT Pixel Acuity has been digitizing Smithsonian collections since 2011; recently, we’ve made a major investment to automate parts of our digitization process to provide even better service to the Smithsonian. The first two projects to receive such automation are the digitization of a large set of Entomology specimens and a large quantity of Paleo specimens at the Natural History Museum. These mass digitization projects include the physical handling and tracking of a large...

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~Patricia King, Colby College Museum of Art


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