Deeply digital: the Smithsonian Commons / an evening with Michael Edson

Oct 15, 2010 · Sydney, Australia
The talk The Smithsonian Institution, with 137 million physical objects and a vast network of scholars and experts, is the world's largest museum and research complex—but how should it apply its resources to succeed in the digital age? Is it business as usual with a new veneer of Web pages and iPhone apps? Or does the new logic of digital technology change the very nature of what our public institutions can and should accomplish?  Michael will talk about the Smithsonian's Web and New Media Strategy and the Smithsonian Commons, a new part of the Smithsonian's digital presence dedicated to catalyzing learning, innovation and creativity through open access to Smithsonian resources, communities, and expertise. The Smithsonian Commons project is just beginning, but the commons concept and the strategy behind it reveal important ideas about reputation, risk, and the changing work of public institutions in the 21st century. Michael's talk will be followed by a Q&A session. There will be complimentary drinks from 630pm to 7pm. About Michael Edson Michael Edson is the Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy. Michael has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and New Media for museums, including content development, digitization, blogging, gaming, public access to collections, information architecture, networking, place-of-business applications, programming, project management, graphic design, animation, audio and video production, mobile platforms, and citizen-created content.  In addition to developing the Smithsonian’s first Web and New Media Strategy and the Smithsonian Commons concept, Michael helped create the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level , and the first Alternative Reality Game to take place in a museum, Ghosts of a Chance . Michael has a BA from Wesleyan University   Michael Edson is in Australia supported by the Powerhouse Museum with thanks to the New Zealand National Digital Forum.
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