Library of Congress Collections Come to Life as 3D Models
From the LC’s “The Signal” Blog:
The core purpose of the 3D Working Group chaired by Educational Resource Specialist Stephen Wesson is to explore ways to bring these physical artifacts to life online for users. I was lucky enough to come aboard just as the group launched a pilot project to create and display 3D models of objects held in our collections. To this end, 13 staff from all across the Library’s service units became certified in photogrammetry, a process that combines photography and the use of software to create digital, web-viewable 3D models.
In addition to viewing the 3D models online, users will be able to download STL files, which can then be used to create 3D prints of objects for use in classroom settings. Wesson tells us that “working with 3D objects becomes a tremendous opportunity for discovery; it allows learners to explore these objects in ways that they haven’t been able to before. And most importantly, it sparks ideas for future investigation.”
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