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2021 Smithsonian Digitization Conference

2021 Smithsonian Digitization Conference  

Reach, Reassess, Reimagine 

October 19th - 21st, 2021 

This year, as we mark the 175th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, we celebrate our past knowing that our present is at a turning point. The pandemic has tested us individually and as a society, bringing issues such as race and inclusion, social injustice, and the sustainability of the planet into high relief.  

It is unclear how cultural institutions will address these issues. Our interactions and outreach over the last year have been mediated solely through the lens of digital technology, and we continue to learn, explore, and assess how best to use this technology to create effective change. The 2021 Digitization Conference will focus on the role digital experiences will have in how the Smithsonian and other cultural institutions can extend our reach, reassess our impact, and reimagine our role in the world that emerges from the pandemic.  


This year’s conference is a three-day virtual event, from October 19th -21st, that will feature workshops, panels, digital projects demonstrations, and other events.  

  • Day 1 will host “pre-conference” workshops. 

  • Days 2 and 3 will include an opening keynote, demos, panel discussions and social events. 

Because of the virtual nature of the conference, each day will start at 10:00AM and end at 3:00PM, with breaks between programs.  


The Smithsonian Digitization Conference is a biennial event, begun in 2006, that explores topics foundational to digital transformation in the cultural heritage community. It brings together Smithsonian staff and professionals from around the world to inspire, guide, and share ideas on how cultural heritage institutions can use digital information and platforms to serve the public good.  

We will post the program and conference updates at the DPO web site and on social media, so check back often. #SIDigi2021  

For Inquiries please email SIDigi2021(at)