The Smithsonian and Picturae Signed Contract

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The Smithsonian Institution in the United States and Picturae have signed, in September, a contract for a digitization project for an amount of $1,6 million. Picturae will digitize approximately 590,000 objects for the world's largest museum and research complex. Picturae is very proud to add the Smithsonian to its customer list. Picturae will perform the project on location in the United States at the Smithsonian Institution.


Digitizing method

Picturae has developed a digitization set especially for the Smithsonian based on a conveyor belt that makes the work process as efficient as possible and digitizes the objects at high speed. Picturae developed a similar method for digitizing herbarium sheets for Naturalis Biodiversity Center. For this project more than 40,000 Herbarium sheets per day could be digitized. The efficient working method is made possible due to the combination of the conveyor belt and innovative software allowing not just rapid digitization but, more importantly, guaranteeing high quality as well.



The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. The Smithsonian’s museums attract more than 30 million visits each year. Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery.



Picturae is a company which specializes in cultural heritage. It offers heritage institutions, businesses and municipalities a complete solution for the online accessibility of their collections; from the digitization of large maps to setting up websites, from crowdsourcing to developing databases. In short, Picturae digitizes, enriches and makes cultural heritage accessible. Picturae works with institutions such as Naturalis, Magnum Photos, the National Archives, the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, World Press Photo, the National Library of Scotland.