Michael Edson, the Smithsonian Commons, & Web Tech Guy & Angry Staff Person

One of the many delights of U Game U Learn 10 was meeting Michael Edson, Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution.

His brilliant talk on the the Smithsonian Commons project really got me thinking about museums, content and participation. In fact, in Berlin one of the most notable conversations I had about social engagement was with a museum employee struggling with creating a memorable experience for museum visitors. That synchronicity is notable. Museums are facing many of the same challenges that confront libraries.

Michael’s work speaks to this and outlines a bright future for interacting with collections. Take a look at his slides and watch for more information about the project soon:

Also, do not miss this animation he made for the 2009 Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Webwise conference. His blog post about it is here:


A full screen version is here:


Have you ever encountered similar sentiments at your institution?