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Gaming in 2014

Gaming is something the Smithsonian is just getting into with the new games coming out of SSEC and the new gaming listserv and meet-ups. I am hopeful that there will be more exciting things to come for the future of gaming at the Smithsonian. In that line of thought, let’s look at what others think is in … Continue reading

Marketing the app: a toolkit

As many museums all over the world “mobilize”, creating mobile versions of their websites and mobile apps, they come to ask for tips and guidelines for the promotion of their mobile products. Although visitors increasingly expect museums to provide Wi-Fi and connected services, they do not automatically assume museums have apps available to support and … Continue reading

Game-Changing Tablet?

The Aakash tablet is coming to the US. This super cheap tablet ($39 and up) is in it’s second, and more useful iteration. The first version of the tablet was slow and unresponsive, but this one has just enough ability – a 1.2 gigahertz dual-core processor, up to 32 gigabytes of storage – to make it useable … 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

New Date: Usability Speed Testing Workshop

The Usability Speed Testing Workshop originally planned for Jan 8 will now be part of the User Experience Community Summit organized by the DigitalGov University on Jan 28 from 9.00 to 12.00 at the US General Services Administration. Topics of the event will include: Getting Management to Understand and Buy into Usability The PRA and … Continue reading

Your questions and comments for Apple

Reps from Apple will be in DC on Tuesday 24 September to share Apple’s new technology news, introduce iBeacons and more. Join us to meet with them at the National Museum of the American Indian from 10-12pm (4th floor, rooms 4018/4019). If you can’t make it in person, feel free to send your questions to … 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