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About Project DIG


Project DIG is a ground-breaking five year collaboration between BHP and Queensland Museum that will transform how we store, explore and share our collection and research with communities, students and scientists no matter where they are.

Among the challenges faced by museums in the modern world are the limitations of data storage and sharing. Queensland Museum is the keeping place for millions of artefacts, specimens and research items, making up Queensland’s State Collection. With so many objects stored, only a fraction of our fascinating collection can ever be on public display. Project DIG aims to put Queensland Museum at the forefront of innovation that will help us meet this challenge.

Project DIG is bringing advanced scientific imaging and interactive digital technologies to Queensland Museum, seeding new research projects and sharing the State Collection with communities worldwide.

Building on a decade-long partnership, the $7.6M collaboration is digitising the State Collection providing opportunities for innovators, researchers and students worldwide to work together to discover solutions to complex problems of international relevance.

What is Project DIG?


Queensland Museum
For more than 150 years the Queensland Museum has grown alongside Queensland to inspire, enrich and empower communities. The Museum is custodian of the state’s natural and cultural heritage, caring for millions of items and specimens in collections that tell the changing story of Queensland. Services are delivered across the state through a network of public museums, including SparkLab, Sciencentre in Brisbane. Queensland Museum is always seeking new ways to engage with communities and classrooms across Queensland to ensure the state’s unique stories and discoveries are accessible to all.

BHP is a world-leading resources company determined to make a positive difference through their performance, shaping change for the better through innovation, productivity and technology. By working in partnership with others, BHP seeks to raise the bar, find new solutions and set new standards for the future. BHP aims to contribute to good governance with a focus on building capacity within community. This includes strengthening of institutions and working together to build relationships and reputation.

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Technology Partner, Interspectral
Interspectral is a 3D-visualisation software company that transforms complex 3D data into engaging interactive experiences and insights. Using Inside Explorer software, Interspectral creates unique experiences where users can digitally investigate the inside of objects like never before.

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Partnership opportunities

Project DIG fosters tri sector collaboration to help solve technological challenges, explore research questions, and connect with audiences throughout Queensland.

Project DIG connects with:

  • private industry/business
  • research bodies and institutions
  • education institutions
  • technology advisers and influences
  • all levels of government
  • Indigenous and local community groups.

Supported by

  • BHP logo
  • Queensland Museum Network and Queensland Government logo

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