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

Smithsonian Mobile 2013 Review, Strategy & Planning

Agenda On September 30, mobile practitioners and enthusiasts at the Smithsonian kicked off a series of meetings and workshops aimed at reviewing our mobile projects and learnings from them in the previous year, with the aim of planning our efforts for the year to come and revising our strategic plan as required. Tuesday, October 22, … Continue reading

Reviewing the National Zoo’s app

The National Zoo’s app has been one of the Smithsonian’s most popular mobile offerings. Its developers, XCO software, presented the results and their learnings to the #SImobile Welcome Wednesday mobile meet-up group earlier this year and have kindly provided their slides here: NZP App – 2013-09-10 LI

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

Mobile learning and user experience

It’s hard to imagine living, working and playing before smart phones and tablets existed. Now, more than ever, we are on the go and we use these tools to perform simple and complex tasks, access information quickly and make social connections around the world. The Smithsonian has seen the potential in mobile learning and has … Continue reading

Welcome Wednesday 11 Sep 2013: Brainstorming!

Due to technical difficulties with Google Hangouts, we did not stream or record the session. However, we will post notes from the session here and will also try to reschedule the brainstorming session at a later date. Jeff Smith, Assistant Registrar for Collections Information at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, has an … Continue reading