Media Cybernetics Partners With the Smithsonian Institution
Media Cybernetics announced a new collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Material Research and Education (SCMRE). This collaboration will allow the Smithsonian to further its research into objects and artifacts of historical significance, as well as archive digital imagery of the objects and artifacts that make up the Smithsonian’s collection.
The SCMRE is working with Media Cybernetics’ Image-Pro Plus 5.0 image analysis software and IQBase image database software. These software packages will initially be used in the analysis and forensic identification of ethnographic objects primarily related to Native American cultures.
“We use Image-Pro Plus and IQBase because they contain the most powerful tools available for analyzing images of objects acquired from both archeological sites and the Smithsonian’s extensive collection,” says Harry Alden, the SCMRE’s chief microscopist.
Image-Pro Plus image analysis software provides extensive data extraction and display capabilities for rendering usable data from a single image or multi-image set. IQbase, which works seamlessly with Image-Pro Plus, is an intelligent database that concentrates on information derived from images.
Image informatics contained in the database will be made available to other museums, researchers and private parties through links to the World Wide Web.
Dean Sequera, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Media Cybernetics said, “The proven capability of Image-Pro Plus to generate quantitative information from digital images and the ability of IQBase to manage, store and mine it are essential to the Smithsonian’s mission.”