FIR Interview: Michael Edson and the Smithsonian Commons

Michael Edson returns to FIR to introduce the prototype of the Smithsonian Commons, an interactive tool for digitally sharing the Smithsonian’s assets and enabling social interaction about them.

You can also see a video that explores the use of the Commons by a teacher, an enthusiast/citizen scientist and a millennial.

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About our Conversation Partner

Michael Edson is the Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy. Michael has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and New Media for museums, including content development, digitization, blogging, gaming, public access to collections, information architecture, networking, place-of-business applications, programming, project management, graphic design, animation, audio and video production, mobile platforms, and citizen-created content.

In addition to developing the Smithsonian’s first Web and New Media Strategy, Michael helped create the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level, and the first Alternate Reality Game to take place in a museum, Ghosts of a Chance.

Michael has a BA from Wesleyan University

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