Charlie Parker Saxophone XRay

The Smithsonian Institution recently announced that it was making a slew of its online media and document resources available as Open Access — meaning, no worries about licenses or attributions. And the organization encourages creative remix.

The site says:

Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to more than 4.4 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

What will you create?

Check out the 3D Digitization. Choose an object from the collection. Explore it. Use the Tools/Settings icon (left side of 3D image rendering – the icon is a wrench and screwdriver) to get creative with the chosen object (we suggest you try out the X-Ray filter and tinker with the platform color and light tools to make something beautiful and artistic.)

Share what you discover and create.

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