Smithsonian Commons Prototype - Experience Brief
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Addendum: The Smithsonian Commons Will...


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As a point of reference on the four attributes of the Smithsonian Commons (vast, findable, shareable, free ), during one brainstorming session we came up with 236 answers to the question "The Smithsonian Commons Will..." (During this exercise we were focused on the perspectives of actual users of the commons more than institutional goals.)

This list, and the audiences and questions we focused on, might give some background and perspective to people thinking about what the commons is and does.

The Smithsonian Commons Will …
Audiences to Keep in Mind…
Questions to Keep in Mind…
find cool stuff
teacher (4th - 6th grade)
What does the Commons need to be able to do?
learn what's true
citizen scientist
What services will it provide?
do my research
family (infant - 6th grade)
What is the Commons doing for Smithsonian?
find new passions
higher ed / grad student
What is the Commons doing for each audience?
be mash-able
enthusiast

be unrestricted
life-long learner

tell me what's on view
potential museum visitor

find cool games
SI employees

follow me
millenial

expose me to new cultures
scientist / curator / researcher

allow me to experience new things


bridge history with the future


share my stuff


give a voice to the voiceless fans of history


teach me


allow me to see the vastness of SI's collections


connect me with specific communities


be fun


collaborate with others


remember me


excite (motivate) me


never be redundant (never see same thing twice)


connect me with stuff happening in my community


garner more interest in helping SI's cause


help me understand / sustain bio-diverse planet


be multi-lingual


connect me with experts


be on my cell phone (at my fingertips)


grow with me


echo Smithson's mission


help me build an audience


find me where I am


help me understand world cultures


be "tweetable"


sell me something


be legitimate


be findable


be relevant to me


help me get feedback


be family-safe


help me understand the American Experience


will challenge me


help me do my job


just work / be easy


help me teach my kids


help me share my work


be a rich immersive experience


be high-res


help me understand the universe


will be an iPhone app


expose the SI brand


understand the past


help my kids learn


inspire me


contribute to scientific projects


feature what is current/relevant with users


be cool!!!


be easy to publish to…


open my horizons


know where I am geospatially


understand what it means to be American


encourage self direction


be accessible (compliant)


exist beyond si.edu


set the standard for I.P.


work with my smartboard


be followable (get updates)


ask me to play


last - have permanence, longevity


be shareable


respect differences of opinion


be bulk downloadable


increase and diffuse knowledge


demonstrate Gov 2.0


be popular


enhance my business


be free - no cost


expose me to experts (cool people)


be current


enrich my site / work


be part of my visit


provide real-time updates (programs, events, speakers, etc)


tie into museum exhibits


matter


support crowd-sourcing


be embeddable


help me understand the Smithsonian


give me a widget to use on my website


help solve big problems


offer content to all ages


make SI work better


support the before/during/after visitor


bring SI to me "take it with you"


change learning


connect to S.O.L.'s


help me understand the news


help me in the classroom


make something new


offer levels of content (give me content at my level)


be open source


encourage institutional collaboration


virtually let me collect the thing I'm seeing now


be vast limitless


be ever-evolving


inspire me to visit


keep getting better


help me with my school report


help me write my thesis


give me unlimited storage


help me create


help me print dinosaurs on my t-shirt


have a printable factsheet of the artifact (downloadable in multiple formats)


protect my privacy


let me save things I like


be on YouTube


diagram the how to use the Commons


be open 24/7


help me figure out where to park


grow with technology


enhance my visit


make it easy to site the Smithsonian


let me earn points "research miles" "Commons cash"


be localized


get better the more people use it "network effect"


connect me with rich media


integrate with Google apps


be programmable/customizable


be watchable (make a video playlist)


be visual


be browsable


answer my FAQs


help employees catalog collections


have an internal-only view


be disaster-proof - really well backed up


be analyzable


highlight latest research


enable bucket-free content


let me add a tag (+ geo tag)


allow me to buy a ticket (concert)


show new collections/acquisitions


work on my Kindle


encourage more traffic to museum websites


feature great ideas


have a credit card


give me access to the collections


be scalable


have APIs


make me a hero [insert Matt's superman logo here]


recommend things I might like


allow memberships to Commons clubs


have clubs for kids (space club)


let me micro donate


clarify I.P. permissions


support fan groups / communities


be easy to upload (internal SI)


group "like" content


be transparent with P.O.V.


generate buzz


create new learners


be responsibly moderated


allow content to flow freely across domains


be open access


find research


enrich wikipedia articles


highlight world events (lunar eclipse)


make work-in-progress visible internally (SI)


offer parental controls


be competitive


be so easy my mom could use it


help me see the best stuff - best reviewed, most viewed…


allow users to rate/review content


never have a dead end


be friendly to 3rd party developers


settle a bet


include non-SI artifacts/collections


have customer service


support the exhibition life-cycle "workflow"


have a Kids Commons


be easy to maintain (internal SI)


have contests


help me plan my talk/discussion


show me what museum has what artifact


ask me what I think


highlight the most popular artifacts


never have a "404"


be bookmarkable (organizable)


enable chat


let me (internally) hide things from the public


be memorable


increase SI traffic


have a great search function


help me see things in 3D


connect me with SI store product


help me buy stuff / sell stuff to me


sell me a framed reproduction


surprise me


hep me plan my exhibition


be fast


give me access controls (internal SI)


change SI's business model


redefine / reinvent the Smithsonian


tell me stories


feature virtual conferences


let me set up a video conference with an SI expert


show up in "Friday folders" (as a resource)


create a standard in classroom - set the standard


bring visual tools to the classroom


help me print stuff


stimulate dialog


stimulate reflection and enlightenment


raise awareness of "universality of art"


show how disciplines overlap / intersect


celebrate citizen science


be innovative


increase the # of learning experiences


link informal to formal education


celebrate learning


appreciate bio-diversity!


let me participate in SI research


be "engaging"


Let me tell my story


Take me behind the scenes


Shine light on the curators


Make me care


Connect things ("Connections are cool!")


Make me feel like I belong


Make me feel like my comments/visit matter


Show/tell you what I care about


Show me quirky objects and the stories behind them


Tell me something I didn't know about


Tell me a "kick ass" story


Impress me with SI's work


Feature "Smithsonian Stories"


Partner with Wikipedia


Show me things I'd never think to look for


Include forums





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