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
Welcome by Secretary Clough
Overview of Format
***NOTE: Dan Cohen, Director, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University comments following each presentation
Melissa Carrillo, New Media & Technology Director, Smithsonian Latino Center
10:15 a.m. (Presentation slides available in Powerpoint)
Questions and comments from the audience
Closing remarks by Dr. Richard Kurin
Conclusion of program
Smithsonian 2.0 Inaugural 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.
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
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
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
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