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?
Mike Edson, Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy, talks about his work 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 is followed by a Q&A session.
Michael Edson was in Australia supported by the Powerhouse Museum with thanks to the New Zealand National Digital Forum.