P20510: Eastman Museum Digitization Improvement
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Problem Definition

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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

The problem definition phase of the project consisted of learning about the current problems with the digitization process at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. The plan for this phase was to familiarize ourselves with the current digitization process and review the customer's issues with the current process. To accomplish this plan, we visited the Eastman Museum and spent time observing the process that was implemented by the last MSD team and the process currently being used by the customer. The customer's expectations were better understood because of this visit and by reading the project readiness package and the other supplemental reading our customer sent us (i.e. FADGI requirements).

Project Summary

The George Eastman Museum digitization process improvement project developed hardware and software to partially automate an artifact digitization process for the Eastman Museum.

As there is a massive quantity of artifacts to be archived, an automated process will eliminate the time intensive work required to digitize individual artifacts. The device should be operable by one stationary worker and should automate the operation of locating the artifact under the camera for the operator. A previous prototype was developed that required the operator to locate the artifact under the camera as well as the color test strip to be located near each artifact. The goals of this project are to improve the automation of the artifact location and color test strip location, ensure the operator can remain stationary, and to deliver a functional prototype. The resulting design and prototype need to utilize as much of the existing design as possible to reduce cost to the stakeholders, as well as maintain the quality of all artifacts that are digitized.

Use Cases

At a glance:

Use Case Scenario

Use Case Scenario

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Project Goals and Key Deliverables

The customer expects a software and hardware integrated process to semi-automate the digitization of a backlog of artifacts, keeping the number of manual systems to a minimum.

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

A link to the live requirements document can be found here

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

A link to the live requirements document can be found here

House of Quality

House of Quality

House of Quality

A link to the live House of Quality document can be found here.

Design Review Materials

Plans for next phase

For the Systems Design phase, we will continue to research and brainstorm potential system designs or solutions to improve the Eastman Museum digitization process, including ideas that build upon the prototype developed by the P19510 team as well as potential ideas to redevelop a new prototype from scratch. Then, discuss and finalize a design that the team would like the pursue.

Problem Definition Documents

A directory consisting all of our live documents can be found here.


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