This was the public wiki for the Smithsonian's Web and New Media strategy process, 2009-2014.
We still use this wiki from time-to-time to collaborate and share with our colleagues around the world.
Anybody - - inside or outside the Smithsonian - - can join this wiki and help us. You don't need to be a member to see everything on the site, but if you want to edit, discuss, create new pages, and add comments you'll need join. Thanks!

Help the Smithsonian share our knowledge at this year's SXSW conferences! Voting is now open.

The Smithsonian has a strong showing of submissions to the SXSW conference this year.

Take a look at what we've submitted and vote on your favorites (or all of them!)

Team Cooper Hewitt in the Atlantic, January 2015


The Museum of the Future Is Here: Some things belong in a museum. But at the Smithsonian's recently reopened museum of design, a team has been rethinking what a thing is in the first place.
...More, in The Atlantic.

3-D imaging and transcription center team on CBS

"[James Smithson] understood that when information is shared, science gets better."

References and Quotes regarding Public Domain and Image Sales and Licensing Activities in Museums
Links and quotes from studies, documents, and policies

The Digital Public Space (Event archive)

Stuart Dempster of JISC will talked with Smithsonian web teams about the UK's ambitious Digital Public Space initiative in March, 2014. More...

New - - Smithsonian Gaming Wiki

A wiki about educational game development and the gamification of learning with a special focus on museum education. Smithsonian Gaming Wiki.

Design Thinking for Museums (event archive)

Notes, images, and references/links from a December 12-13, 2013 Design Thinking Workshop at the National Air and Space Museum

SI Mobile

The public wiki for all things mobile at The Smithsonian

Smithsonian X 3D (3-d digitization)

Smithsonian X 3D launches a set of use cases which apply various 3D capture methods to iconic collection objects, as well as scientific missions... More...

The Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

New e-book by Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough

Event archive: Digitization and Access at Danish Broadcasting

Staff from Danish Broadcasting gave an overview of their ambitious $13m project to digitize and create value from over 500,000 hours of audio visual materials.

How do you get a million hours of community effort?

Some research and question asking around projects that get *a lot* of effort from their communities. What makes them tick?

Webcast: DIY U: The Transformation of Education (Archive)

An October, 2011 talk by author Anya Kamenetz


Even as our public university system faces unprecedented challenges, the possibilities for the way people connect, share information, and create knowledge together have never been greater. Anya Kamenetz will share her thoughts on the trends facing higher education, a range of likely responses, and the role of other public knowledge institutions in shaping the future of learning.
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Smithsonian Institution Web & New Media Strategy

The Smithsonian Web and New Media Strategy, Version 1.0 talks about an updated digital experience, a new learning model that helps people with their "lifelong learning journeys," and the creation of a Smithsonian Commons—a new part of our digital presence dedicated to stimulating learning, creation, and innovation through open access to Smithsonian research, collections and communities.

This strategy was created through a fast and transparent process that included workshops, the Smithsonian 2.0 conference, Twitter, YouTube, and ongoing collaboration through this wiki. It's a work in progress, and we welcome your comments, questions, and input, via the Smithsonian 2.0 blog or through any discussion tab on this wiki site. This strategy feeds into the Smithsonian’s comprehensive strategic plan.

Smithsonian Digitization Strategic Plan

Smithsonian's Pan-Institutional Strategy

We released our Pan-Institutional strategy on September 22nd, 2009. The strategy focuses on four Grand Challenges:
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe
  • Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet
  • Valuing World Cultures
  • Understanding the American Experience
We'll be integrating the Web & New Media Strategy with the overarching Institutional Strategy in the coming weeks.

Download the strategy .pdf from the link on

Ignite Smithsonian 2011 (Archive)

Ignite Smithsonian was April 21, 2011. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success!
Ignite Smithsonian Homepage and video archive

Purpose of this Wiki

  1. Involve internal and external stakeholders, experts, and the general public (our customers! the people we serve!) in the development of the Smithsonian's Web and New Media Strategy.
  2. Provide a transparent, fast, and durable medium for strategy development and refinement
  3. Demonstrate the potential of an open, public process

What's a Wiki?

A wiki is a Web site where anyone with an account can add and edit pages and can enter into discussions. Wikis are often used to help large numbers of people work together on a project. This Web site is a wiki. Wikipedia is a wiki. The company that hosts this wiki provides a series of video tours that explain how this wiki platform works.


Anybody - - inside or outside the Smithsonian - - can join this wiki and help us. (On a wiki, any member can edit or leave comments on just about any page.) We figure it's your Smithsonian Institution too & you have a stake in its future. Click on this join link to request an account that will let you edit, discuss, create new pages, and add comments.


The Smithsonian's Web and New Media Strategy is being created on this wiki!
See the FAQ and the Process at-a-Glance pages for more background on what we're doing.

Smithsonian 2.0

This wiki is an extension of the wiki for the Smithsonian 2.0 event in January, 2009.

Contact Me

Michael Edson