Philosophical Leadership Needed for the Future: Digital Humanities Scholars in Museums


Nik Honeysett, Head of Administration for the J. Paul Getty Museum.


Michael Edson, Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution.


Originally published as part of a YouTube crowdsourced panel for the Museum Computer Network Conference 2011 on the barriers to and benefits of implementing digital humanities methodologies in museums.


About Nik Honeysett, and Michael Edson

Nik Honeysett is Head of Administration for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, administrating the Getty's two campuses in Brentwood and Malibu. Formerly, he managed the Getty's Web Group and before moving to Los Angeles, he was Head of Production at Cogapp, a UK-based consultancy specializing in interactive and online multimedia for the cultural sector in Europe and the USA. He is a former chair of the American Association of Museum's Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee and currently sits on AAM's Board of Directors. His hobbies include writing short summary paragraphs about his career and referring to himself in the third person. Blog: / Twitter: @nhoneysett

Michael Edson is the Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy. Michael has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and New Media for museums, including content development, digitization, blogging, gaming, public access to collections, information architecture, networking, place-of-business applications, programming, project management, graphic design, animation, audio and video production, mobile platforms, and citizen-created content. In addition to developing the Smithsonian’s first Web and New Media Strategy, the Smithsonian Commons concept, and the Smithsonian's multi-award winning Web and New Media Strategy Wiki, Michael helped create the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level, and the first Alternative Reality Game to take place in a museum, Ghosts of a Chance. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp veteran and was named a Tech Titan 2011: person to watch by Washingtonian magazine. He has a BA from Wesleyan University.