Day 19: WordCamp DC

Friday was a change of pace from the usual office schedule. Instead of heading into work, I headed to Carnegie Library in Mt Vernon Square for my first-ever conference, WordCamp DC. The conference was packed with developers, users, professionals, and other people from all walks of life. WordCamp, a conference about all-things WordPress, has been…

Days 16, 17, and 18: Let’s Storyboard

After another conference call, the DMT interns had a better idea of where to start planning Snapchat and Instagram stories as well as the Bento blog. The Bento blog is the F|S blog, and we’re hoping to revamp it by having the interns writing for it more. The goal is to have every intern write…

Day 15: Smithsonian Staff Picnic

Happy Monday! It was a hot day for a picnic, but the Mall was flooded with Smithsonian employees eating and picking up free cups. First stop was the Segway rides in front of the Freer. Real Segway tours run around the Mall from American History, but employees and interns alike got to learn the basics…

Day 14: Wayfinding

Today I got to head into the Freer Gallery, which is still until construction. Nina and I went with Dani, another contractor, who is in charge of creating the audio guide that visitors can listen to as they go through the gallery. It’s a work in progress, but there are several “tours” the audio takes…

Days 12 and 13: Social Media Mania

We’re still going strong with the website transfer, but hopefully I’ll be getting a new project soon! I got to join a conference call with Chris Breene, F|S’s social media contractor to discuss doing more with Snapchat, Instagram stories, and our Bento blog. DMT wants the interns to really take the lead and be in…

Day 11: Utamaro the Musical

As I was the only one in the office, the day was a little slow, and I spent my time designing some new forms, blogging, and writing a couple listserv posts. The highlight of the day was going to see “Utamaro: the Musical” in front of the actual “Inventing Utamaro” exhibit. The musical itself is…

Day 10: Wikidata Conference

Following the all-staff meeting, I worked a little bit on the listserv posts and newsletter and then headed to Capital Gallery for a meeting. Ryan was out sick, so I took his place at the conference led by Andrew Lin, the Wikimedia DC rep and a professor at American University. I’m still a little unclear…

Re-Opening Weekend is Coming!

We had another all-staff meeting yesterday to discuss events happening for Re-Opening Weekend (October 14th-15th). It’s a jam-packed weekend that will be reminiscent of the Folklife Festival happening now, so if you’re in town, I highly recommend checking it out. Most activities are already planned, but a few are waiting for contracts and other confirmation…

Days 8 and 9: Gravity Falls? No, Gravity Forms

No, I’m not talking about the disappointing Disney Channel show, although they sound similar. Being an intern is all about learning new things. Not only have I read over press releases from 2009 while copying over content to the new website, but I’ve also learned a little about plugins. What is a plugin? Great question,…

Days 6 and 7: Ready Or Not, Here Comes the New Website

Go and look up asia.si.edu. Right now. Do it! You there? It looks like this: Pretty cool, right? Well, all of that is about to change. Starting today the Web department of DMT dove into transferring the content from the current F|S website to our new one, inactive at the moment. Most of it was…

Day 5: DAMS + New Projects

Today I dove right in, starting with Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). DAMS is a lot like TMS in the sense that it’s an online database, but it differs in that it revolves around the digital aspect of collections: any photo, video, or audio is stored on DAMS, and what’s nice is that it’s Smithsonian…

Looking Forward- Future Exhibitions

With the Sackler closing on July 10th, this means both the Freer and the Sackler get to completely redesign their spaces as they welcome new exhibitions. Two exciting exhibitions coming this fall are Subodh Gupta’s “Terminal” and “Devine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt”. “Terminal” is a collection of brass towers ranging from 1 to 15ft…