The Wikispaces interface doesn't make it easy for members to connect with each other or find out who else is participating. Therefore, I encourage everyone to write a few words about themselves below. Thanks! (Michael Edson, organizer.)

Michael Edson
Hi, I'm the Smithsonian's Director of Web and New Media Strategy, and the organizer of this wiki. I built myself a page with more info.

DoctorProctor is Nancy Proctor, Head of New Media at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. I first got to know the American Art Museum when I was researching my PhD on 19th c American sculpture in the American Art Archives - where the Luce Center is now located. A decade later I came back to volunteer at Luce, and ended up joining the new media team at the Museum. Interpretation is my passion ('It's not about the technology'), and I have done lots with mobile platforms: I teach an online course on mobile interpretation for museums which comes with a podcast series, run a bliki on mobile at and am currently working with folks from a number of museums on developing open source mobile solutions for museum interpretation. Everything's accessible from Contact me at or @nancyproctor

JazzyGeorge = Georgina Bath Goodlander
Hi, I'm the Interpretive Programs Manager of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, which is the visible storage facility for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Luce Center is like a museum-within-a-museum, as we get to do a little bit of everything that museums do - collections management, visitor services, public programming, new media, web, education, interpretation, gaming... you get the idea. I have a fantastic team of three full-time staffers, and a wonderful endowment from the Luce Foundation that allows us to work on innovative projects. The Luce Center is also viewed as the "testing ground" for projects within the museum, which means that we have permission to experiment and yes, even fail (sometimes). I am ridiculously excited about the potential for social media applications, and am particularly intrigued by how these ideas and ways of connecting can be brought back into the physical museum. I say this from a selfish perspective, also, as I love interacting with visitors while they are having fun participating in something that I have helped put together. I am British and I cannot survive without Yorkshire Tea. Follow me on Twitter: @bathlander

Dennis Smoot
Greetings! I'm the director of Internet strategies for The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)--an SI unit with about 65 staff and several hundred volunteers. TSA consists of a nice handfull of sub-units, e.g. Resident Associate Program (1,500 ticketed programs a year), Young Benefactors, Kite Festival, Discovery Theater, Art Collectors Program, Scholars in the Schools, Voices of Discovery, the M.A. program in History of Decorative Arts. (Yes, how many of you knew that the Smithsonian offers an MA in the History of Decorative Arts in collaboration with the Corcoran College of Art & Design?) TSA is a member of the Tessitura Network and uses the Tessitura software to manage its membership, ticketing, fundraising, emarketing, and CRM operations.

Bruce Falk
Howdy, everybody! I've been a Contracting Officer over at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since October, 2006, but was previously at OCon for a dozen years or so, during which (when not negotiating and drafting contracts) I made quite a nuisance of myself stumping for intra-SI collaboration, synergy, and promoting use of all sorts of new media outreach both as a means of stretching our limited programmatic funds and well... because it's just cool, gosh-darn-it. I continue to be something of an opinionated busybody in this arena for USHMM and the AAM Media & Technology committee and am a monomaniacal shill (and privileged to be part of an ad hoc advisory board) for Synchrotext as an emergent multimedia annotating-authoring-promulgating-social networking tool. I can be reached either at or

Aoife Toomey
Hi, I work at the Traveling Exhibition Service, more commonly known as SITES. I work with a bunch of cool people who are always looking for new ways to collaborate and push information out into the public arena. At SITES we established our own internal Digital Committee following the Institution's 2.0 Conference and we spend Thursday mornings bouncing around new ideas, new technologies, struggling with that place where process and innovation collide, and generally agreeing that our ultimate goal is to dissolve the committe because everyone on the SITES staff will be knowledgeable about and empowered with 2.0 (and 3.0) tools. And just because Georgina shared, I'm Irish and I can't live without real soda bread. You can reach me for comments, discussion, live blogging etc. at Oh, and my first name is pronounced "Eefa."

JennyGoLightly = Jennifer Rossi
Hi! I'm the Webmaster and eCommunications Specialist over at the Hirshhorn. I'm a party of 1 over here trying to accomplish all I can to get our museum as 2.0 as possible. After a lengthy redesign process of our website, I'm ready to start a new one; this time making functionality and collaboration the key, not design. I'm responsible for all of the Hirshhorn website and its CMS, producing the Hirshhorn's podcast series, our email marketing, any other online marketing, social networking tools, and pretty much anything that plugs into a wall here in the Museum. I hope that out of this Web Strategy, we have a unified mission and priority amongst units to utilize the web to its fullest potential and in ways that no one has ever thought of and only the Smithsonian could do!

effiek = Effie Kapsalis
Hi there! I'm the New Media Coordinator at the Smithsonian Photography Initiative (SPI) which is part of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. SPI is a pan-Smithsonian project about photography at the Smithsonian. Through programs like click! photography changes everything and a newly launched blog, THE BIGGER PICTURE, we are inviting public to look at how photography and other visual media are influencing our culture and our lives. We were partners in setting up the Smithsonian's photostream on the Flickr Commons and we are partnering with OCIO in the EDAN (Enterprise Data Access Network) which will allow the public to search across the Smithsonian libraries, museums, and archives (see the first demonstration of EDAN)! I am interested in making SI photo collections more accessible and engaging for many people.

Darren Milligan
Oh hello. I am the Webmaster and Senior Media Designer with the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.The mission of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies is to increase the Smithsonian Institution’s impact as a national educational organization.The Center provides leadership in education at the Smithsonian through hosting, the gateway to the institution’s educational resources and programs, publishing Smithsonian in Your Classroom, a journal for elementary and middle school educators, offering research opportunities and resources to the museum community, and conducting professional development programs for educators at all levels. The Center has created a long-term alliance with state education officials that has become the basis for several collaborative teacher training and resource development projects in a wide range of subjects. The Center also manages pan-institutional functions such as internships, heritage month celebrations, school tour programming, and the collection and analysis of data on Smithsonian education programs.

Barbara Aikens aikensb
Hi Everyone. I am Head of Collections Processing at the Archives of American Art, which means archival processing. I am the SI champion of EAD (Encoded Archival Description), a structured XML format for creating electronic finding aids. I am interested specifically in the online presentation, discoverability, and standardization of metadata about archival and manscript collections. and providing contextual linking to digital content from within the collection/s. I am also interested in the large scale digitization of manuscript collections, and co-project director (along with Karen Weiss) of a multi-year project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art to digitize many of our collections, as well as build the technical infrastructure to support the workflow, process, and online presentation. The project has been highly successful, resulting thus far in the digitization of over 76 individual collections that measure over 512 linear feet - a whopping 673,000 digital files! Believe it or not, the structured metadata found in the EAD finding aid provides the only metadata for the fully digitized collection, as well as contextual online access. In other words.... a Virtual Reading Room. Check it out