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Reflections from a first time tweetup attendee

After organizing a tweetup, you’re always curious what participants really thought of the experience. #Docsocial tweetup attendee Priya Chhaya generously offered to blog about her experience participating in the tweetup to provide a sense of what worked, what didn’t, and how museum professionals can continue to improve the tweetup format.  In January, Erin Blasco posted … Continue reading

Tweetups, digital storytelling, and doing the hop

Curators are great storytellers—you probably already know that. On Friday, I learned that many also have a great instinct for social media, even if they aren’t (yet) active users. I was reminded of this as I sat down with two curators to prepare them for the #docsocial tweetup taking place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum … Continue reading

Open mic event: “Mobile as a dimension of everything: cross-platform thinking in museums” | Tuesday 14th January 2014

On Tuesday 14th January SI Mobile hosted an open microphone event dedicated to the latest mobile projects in museums around the Washington DC area. Students and professors from the Masters in Museum Studies program from the University of Toronto attended and participated. The discussion revolved around (but was not restricted to) a series of central questions: … Continue reading

Research in Action

A guest post from Francine Clément, who writes about museums and technologies at Thot cursus, an online magazine dedicated to digital culture and learning. Also a professor in the Museum Techniques department at College Montmorency (Quebec), she will be coming to DC to conduct the next part of a research about development, production and management … Continue reading

The Access App Platform

WATCH THE VIDEO Nancy Proctor, Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives for the Smithsonian, and Halsey Burgund, sound artist and creator of, discuss the Access App project, its origins and aims as part of their proposal to MuseumNext 2014. This project is currently seeking partners and funding. Below is a draft project proposal; we … Continue reading

Media galleries in motion

From playful touch screens to customized hashtags, digital technologies have made themselves a staple in today’s museums. Exhibits encourage visitors to not only learn from but also interact with material. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Newseum. Located in Washington, DC, the Newseum focuses on the history of the press and the First … Continue reading

Next SM @ SI Meeting

Next SM @ SI Meeting

Photo: Exploring the Democracy of Images exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Via Flickr.  The next Social Media @ SI meeting for Smithsonian staff, volunteers, and interns will take place on Tuesday, August 13th from 10-11:15 AM at the National Museum of American History. Contact Erin Blasco ( for more information. The agenda so far: Update … Continue reading

Is innovation possible in museums? SIME-SITEM 2013

I was invited to lead a Masterclass on digital thinking for museums at the SIME-SITEM Conference in Paris, 26 January 2013. The trip also enabled me to do research into recent French innovations in mobile experiences at the Louvre and Quai Branly museum. SIME-SITEM Held every year in the Carousel du Louvre (the convention space … Continue reading