Smithsonian 2.0 Fund Forum

The goal of the Smithsonian 2.0 Fund Forum is to share with the Smithsonian Community more information on the projects funded in the inaugural year of the fund. The program highlights the projects of our colleagues from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, National Postal Museum, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Smithsonian Latino Center.

Smithsonian 2.0 Fund Forum
National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Introduction by Dr. Richard Kurin
9:00 a.m.

Welcome by Secretary Clough 
9:05 a.m.

Overview of Format
9:15 a.m.

Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director and Andrea Lipps, Curatorial Assistant, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
9:20 a.m.    (Presentation slides available in PDF or Powerpoint)

***NOTE: Dan Cohen, Director, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University comments following each presentation

Allison Wickens, Director of Education and Tabitha Jacques, Special Projects Manager, National Postal Museum
9:35 a.m.    (Presentation slides available in PDF or Powerpoint)

Bill McShea, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute
9:50 a.m.    (Presentation slides available in PDF or Powerpoint)

Georgina Bath Goodlander, Interpretive Programs Manager, Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum
10:00 a.m.    (Presentation slides available in PDF or Powerpoint)

Melissa Carrillo, New Media & Technology Director, Smithsonian Latino Center 
10:15 a.m.    (Presentation slides available in Powerpoint)

Questions and comments from the audience
10:30 a.m.

Closing remarks by Dr. Richard Kurin
10:55 a.m.

Conclusion of program
11:00 a.m.

Smithsonian 2.0 Inaugural Forum

January 2009 Smithsonian 2.0 Forum

The two-day Smithsonian 2.0 conference in January 2009 generated key questions and suggestions about Smithsonian’s digital future. To address these questions and suggestions, examine emerging themes, and continue the discussion generated during the conference, a forum was held to discuss these issues. The program was structured into three discussions and included time for questions and comments by staff. The agenda and discussion themes are below.

Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 2 – 4 p.m.

Webcast available (Windows Media Player 7 or higher)
Contributions and ongoing discussions are welcome on the public Smithsonian 2.0 blog.

Introduction: Secretary Clough
Moderator: Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture

Discussion 1: All Access vs. Controlled Access

We should put as much stuff out there as we can for people to react to and manipulate as they wish.
Presenter: Betsy Broun, Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum
or
We should curatorially control information we release on the Web so that it is properly understood.
Presenter: Hans Sues, Associate Director, National Museum of Natural History

Discussion 2: Strategize vs. Explore

We need to develop our Smithsonian Web sites strategically, carefully investing our resources and focusing our efforts to rationalize our offerings and maximize our impact.
Presenter: Allen Kane, Director, National Postal Museum
or
We should allow different people from different units around the Smithsonian to run their own sites, experiment and explore a range of possibilities on the Web.
Presenter: Caroline Payson, Director of Education, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Discussion 3: Free vs. Charge a Fee

We are a federal entity and a public organization-we should give our Web content to users for free to the extent that we can.
Presenter: Lauryn Guttenplan, Associate General Counsel
or
We need to earn revenue to support the Institution and monetize our Web presence through sales, licensing, downloads, advertising or other means.
Presenter: Richard Burgess, Director of Marketing, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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