Michael Edson

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.


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.

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