Posts Tagged: Smithsonian

3D Printing: Smithsonian Exhibits

3D printing has the potential to change everything. Imagine a manufacturing revolution where the average person can make anything they want from digital designs. In this revolution those with the most to gain aren’t major companies but the consumers. Adam Metallo, G√ľnter Waibel, and Vincent Rossi are leading the way in 3D printing and empowering… Read more »

Here’s Looking at You, Kid – You’re a Government Rock Star

In high school, I was a cheerleader. Pom poms and football games were my Friday night. That might not sound like a good time for many, but for me, it was the ultimate. Why? Because I honestly believe that people perform better when their good work is recognized – and I loved rooting for others… Read more »

Pilgrimage: Five Questions with Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 2009, © Annie Leibovitz. From Pilgrimage (Random House, 2011) Pilgrimage is a personal journey by photographer Annie Leibovitz, celebrated over the decades for her astute portraits of the cultural landscape. In Pilgrimage, the landscape is real: out of the photographer’s studio and into icons of America, from the homes… Read more »

Serving the Mobile Citizen

Last month I was privileged to participate in Government Computer News’ “Government Mobility Forum” on a panel discussion on serving the mobile citizen. The conversation focused around the issues that many federal and local government agencies face in organizing data and delivering services to help their citizens successfully interact with their governments. A few interesting… Read more »

Government Agency Mobile Applications Leave Room for Improvement

The White Horse Digital Futures Group’s exclusive report provides feedback for 30 citizen-focused government mobile applications, plus mobile development guidelines helpful for public or private organizations. “The number of smartphone users in the U.S. is approaching the 100 million user mark. Government bears a responsibility to ensure… (they) use available resources effectively and produce better… Read more »

Daily Dose: Should the Smithsonian Ban Products Made Overseas?

If you’re up for a challenge, you should definitely try your hand at Washington Post columnist Ed O’Keefe’s recent quiz on where popular Smithsonian souvenir items were manufactured. It is tougher than you might think… Guess Where Smithsonian Gifts Are Made Which leads me to a larger point, as well as another blog post from… Read more »

Tell Us What Do You think Will happen to Small Businesses in a Government Shut Down

In 1996 Tom Daschle called the last shut down a premeditated conspiracy to impact small businesses and shut down the economy. Today we want to know the hard facts. Perhaps there is something we can learn especially from contracting officers, and program managers about what to expect from a Government Shut down. What will a… Read more »

Daily Dose: Smithsonian’s Super Secret Car Stash

Forget Fort Knox. The Smithsonian Institute is arguably America’s greatest treasure trove as it captures and preserves our national story via historical objects and information. As Ed O’Keefe reported last week in the Federal Eye, sometimes the elements of that story surprise you: Smithsonian’s hidden car cache (Video) The video in that links take you… Read more »

Message from the Smithsonian Secretary: 2010 Combined Federal Campaign

Dear Colleagues, Once again, we have an opportunity to give back to the community through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). This year’s CFC theme is the Compassion of Individuals and the Power of Community. It emphasizes how this large collective effort by the federal workforce ensures our donations will have greater impact on the quality… Read more »