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Digitization Program Office

A Showcase for Digitization Projects at the Smithsonian


2017 Smithsonian Digitization Fair
March 14th and 15th 
Washington, DC


Rachel M. Allen

Deputy Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Rachel M. Allen currently serves as the Acting Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and will return shortly to her role as the Deputy Director.  In this capacity, she oversees day-to-day museum operations and supervises eight of the museum’s twelve offices.  She has served in this position since 2002, a time frame that included renovation of the museum’s two historic 19th century buildings – the old Patent Office Building and the Renwick Gallery.

Previously, Allen was the Chief of the museum’s Research and Scholars Center.  The Research and Scholars Center combines programs for pre‑ and post-doctoral scholars and college‑level professional training with the resources (bibliographic, visual, and automated) that support advanced scholarly research.  With a background in resource development and information management, Allen has overseen a number of the museum's large database programs, including the nationwide effort called Save Outdoor Sculpture! with its related database, the Inventory of American Sculpture.

Allen has served on various professional groups both within and outside of the Smithsonian Institution, including the American Art Collaborative, Art Information Task Force, Museum Educational Site Licensing Project, Museum Computer Network (as its President and on its Board), Smithsonian Collection Information System Management Committee, and other groups.  She joined the museum staff in 1973, after graduating with a BA in Art History from Duke University. 

Deron Burba

Chief Information Officer, Smithsonian Institution

Deron S. Burba has been the Smithsonian’s Chief Information Officer since February 2012.  He oversees the Institution’s information technology systems including computer facilities, web infrastructure, voice and data networks, and applications and technologies supporting the diverse needs of the Smithsonian’s

Before becoming the Chief Information Officer, Deron was the Smithsonian’s Director of the Office of Systems Modernization since 2001, where he oversaw the implementation of the Institution’s Enterprise Resource Planning system, Digital Asset Management System, the Enterprise Digital Asset Network, as well as other systems supporting the Institution.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Deron led the Patent Reengineering Systems Division at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he pioneered electronic filing of patent applications, online access to pending patent application status and oversaw large scale systems supporting imaging, publications and managing the patent process.

Laura Coyle

Head of Cataloging & Digitization, Natl. Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian

Laura Coyle joined the Smithsonian in 2010 as a National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection Manager and was promoted in 2014 to Head of Cataloging and Digitization. As part of the Rapid Capture Project Team, she recently received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence for Digital Enterprise, and in 2015, she completed the Smithsonian’s Emerging Leaders Development Program. For the museum’s Grand Opening in September 2016, her team ensured all collections featured in the museum’s inaugural exhibitions were fully cataloged, made more than 8,000 records available to the public, supported 7 exhibition interactives, 4 publications, and several mobile applications, and supplied the media with thousands of images of collections and the building.

Before coming to SI, she ran a company, Curator-at-Large, LLC, and was an adjunct professor of Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University and of Art History at The American University. She has also been Curator and Department Head of European Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and a Research Associate at the National Gallery of Art. For the Corcoran, she organized exhibitions and produced publications about the image of Joan of Arc, Joan Miró’s sculpture, Italian Renaissance ceramics, and Corcoran patron, Senator William A. Clark. Dr. Coyle holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Art History from Williams College, and a Ph.D. in Art History from Princeton University. 

Meghan Ferriter

Project Coordinator, Transcription Center, Smithsonian Institution

Meghan Ferriter is an interdisciplinary researcher and the Project Coordinator for the Smithsonian Transcription Center; she currently cultivates programs of engagement and advises on workflow while partnering with 8,082 digital volunteers and staff from 18 museums, archives, and libraries. Together, they are making an impact by increasing access to Smithsonian Institution collections as they create text and metadata for 246,876 pages transcribed (and counting!). Meghan has been invited to speak about her success in stewarding productive, meaningful audience experiences in the U.S. and U.K. Trained as a cultural historian and anthropologist, Meghan’s doctoral thesis explored the extent of change in discourses of mediated sport. She is interested in the transformative power and consequences of computer-mediated communication, participatory culture, and knowledge-sharing. Her recent research explores community collaboration in social media platforms and crowdsourcing and citizen science best practices. She holds an M.A. in History from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Sociology awarded by the University of Glasgow. Meghan’s current role allows her to work closely with multiple museums, archives, volunteers, and partners to balance objectives of digital historical and citizen science projects; she learns something new every day.

Paul Frandsen

Research Data Scientist, Office of Research Information Services, Smithsonian Institution

Paul is a Research Data Scientist in the Office of Research Information Services at the Smithsonian Institution. At the Smithsonian, Paul works with researchers, museum curators, and staff to analyze large data sets using modern data science techniques and cloud and high performance computing. Paul earned his PhD from Rutgers University in the Department of Entomology where he developed bioinformatics tools to infer the evolutionary history of insects using large genomic data sets.

Desi Gonzalez

Manager of Digital Engagement, The Andy Warhol Museum

Desi Gonzalez writes, researches, and makes things at the intersection of art and technology. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she leads digital engagement at the Andy Warhol Museum. Before that, she designed educational tech at La Victoria Lab in Peru, developed interpretive experiences at the Museum of Modern Art, and managed a kids website at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her writing has been featured in publications including Art in America, Art Papers, Indiewire, and The Brooklyn Rail

Anne Collins Goodyear

Co-Director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Anne Collins Goodyear, Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and specializes in modern and contemporary American art. She recently co-curated, with Jonathan Walz and Kathleen Campganolo, This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today, and co-edited the accompanying catalogue (Yale University Press, 2016). Goodyear’s essays have appeared in scholarly journals, including American Art and Leonardo, and in edited collections such as Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff (2014), R. Luke DuBois—Now (2014), The Network: Portrait Conversations (2012); The Political Economy of Art: Creating the Modern Nation of Culture (2008), Cold War Modern: Art and Design in a Divided World (2008), and Photography Theory (2007). Goodyear co-edited, with Margaret Weitekamp, of Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology Volume 9: Analyzing Art and Aesthetics (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013), and co-edited, with James W. McManus, AKA Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2014). She and McManus also co-edited Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture (MIT Press, 2009). She is President Emerita of the College Art Association and is an At-Large Member of the National Committee of the History of Art.

Rachel Goslins

Director, Arts & Industries Building, Smithsonian Institution

Rachel Goslins is the director of the Arts and Industries Building at the Smithsonian. As director, she is specifically focused on helping to develop programs and exhibits focused on creativity and innovation for the building.

Goslins brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in the creative industries, non-profits, program management, law and international and domestic public policy to the position,

Before her appointment, Goslins served as executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an advisory committee to the White House on cultural policy (2009–2015). Under her leadership, the committee launched three major national initiatives in education and cultural diplomacy, facilitated significant private investment in the arts and humanities and spearheaded a successful campaign to use high-profile artists, actors and musicians as advocates for arts education.

Previously, Goslins founded a documentary production company, directing feature documentaries and working on productions for PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and History channel. She also served as the director of the Independent Digital Distribution Lab, a joint PBS/ITVS project. Before working in the arts, Rachel was an international copyright attorney with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and the U.S. Copyright Office.

Goslins received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Juris Doctorate from UCLA’s School of Law. She is a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Leah Weinryb Grohsgal

Sr Program Officer & Natl. Digital Newspaper Program Coordinator, NEH

Leah Weinryb Grohsgal is a Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities and Coordinator of the National Digital Newspaper Program, an open access digital project that includes partnership with the Library of Congress as well as libraries and archives in 43 states and one territory.  The NDNP makes America’s historic newspapers available to the public, providing content and tools that are widely accessible and free to use.  She introduced and administered the NEH Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers Data Challenge to demonstrate the potential for using the open data found in Chronicling America, highlighting the ways in which open information and collaborative software development improve research methods and foster the public good.

Before coming to the NEH, she worked as the Digital Repository Coordinator for the Libraries at Emory University, managing the project of creating an open access digital repository of faculty scholarship.  She produced an in-depth report on faculty data sharing practices that informed data and repository services offered by the Libraries.  Previously, she worked in academic and public libraries including the Berklee College of Music Library, the Tewksbury Public Library, the Haverford College Library, the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library, and the Bala Cynwyd Library.

She holds a PhD in History from Emory University, where her research focused on free speech and religious and civil liberties.  Her graduate work was supported by awards including a Cromwell Fellowship from the American Society for Legal History and the Cromwell Foundation, an American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Grant, and a Princeton University Library Research Fellowship.  She also served as a graduate research fellow at The James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies.  She holds an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a B.A. cum laude in history, from Brandeis University. 

Gerald "Stinger" Guala

Branch Chief for Eco-Science Synthesis, United States Geological Survey

Gerald "Stinger" Guala is the Branch Chief for Eco-Science Synthesis in the Core Science Analytics and Synthesis Program of the Core Science Systems Mission Area of the United States Geological Survey. His duties include directing the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS -, which is the Federal standard for the names of biological organisms, and Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON -, the Federal clearinghouse for species occurrence data with more than 260 million records currently.  He also facilitates other activities at the national level to deliver, integrate, analyze and visualize Federal and non-Federal biodiversity information. For example, he is Co-Chair of the Whitehouse OSTP Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and Sustainability (CENRS) Subcommittee on Ecological Systems (SES) Working Group on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics (BioEco), which is leading the effort to implement EcoINFORMA, the Federal strategy for integration and delivery of environmental data laid out by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Guala holds a B.S. in botany from Michigan State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in botany from the University of Florida. He previously worked for USDA at the National Plant Data Center and before that as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. In his first professional appointment after his Ph.D. he was Director of the Herbarium at Fairchild Tropical Garden where he developed and deployed the first viable Virtual Herbarium ( in the 1990s.  

Lauryn Guttenplan

Associate General Counsel, Smithsonian Institution

Lauryn Guttenplan, Associate General Counsel, joined the Smithsonian in 1985 and handles a wide variety of matters in such areas as intellectual property, contracts, repatriation of Native American materials, non-profit tax, governance and other museum-related legal and policy issues.  For many years, she has concentrated on issues involving copyright, digitization, open access and has served as a member of the former Secretary’s Executive Committee for the Digital Smithsonian. She has also served as chair, co-chair and faculty for the annual conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration, co-sponsored by the Smithsonian and the American Law Institute.  She was a member of the legal advisory committee for the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (2014) and a member of the drafting committee for the Association of Art Museum Directors guidelines on fair use (2016-2017), and has lectured on a wide range of museum-related legal issues.  Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she was an associate with the law firms of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker and Crowell and Moring.  Following graduation from Georgetown Law Center in 1980, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren W. Eginton, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut. She graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude in history in 1977 and served as a student member of the Board of Trustees.  

Josh Hadro

Deputy Director, New York Public Library Labs

Josh Hadro oversees digitization services operations at the New York Public Library, including the Digital Imaging Unit, the Metadata Services Unit, and the Permissions and Reproductions unit, while also coordinating content partnerships with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), HathiTrust, Google Books, and others. Josh holds a BA from Columbia University and an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. He also teaches at the Pratt Institute, and serves as an editorial board member of the open-access Weave Journal of Library User Experience.

John Hessler

Curator Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology & History of Early Americas, LOC

John W. Hessler is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and the Curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He is the founder of The Topology Lab for Applied Computer Vision and Virtual Reality in Archaeology and is on the faculty of the Graduate School of Advanced Studies at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches classes in the Mathematical and Algorithmic Foundations of Geographic Information Science, Computer Vision, and Virtual Reality Simulations. He has written extensively on cartographic design and the foundations of GIS and is the author over one-hundred articles and books including, The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio; A Renaissance Globemaker’s Toolbox: Johannes Schöner and the Revolution of Modern Science, 1475-1550; Thoreau on Cape Cod: his journeys and his lost maps; Seeing the World Anew: the radical vision of Martin Waldseemuller’s 1507 and 1516 World Maps; Galileo’s Starry Messenger; Columbus’ Book of Privileges, 1502: the Claiming of a New World and is the senior editor of MAP: Exploring the World, recently published by Phaidon. His mathematical and computational studies of virtual and early mapmaking have been featured in numerous national media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Discover Magazine and most recently by NPR's All Things Considered. Currently, he is at work on a new translation and critical edition of Karl Friedrich Gauss' foundational work in differential geometry, Disquisitiones generales circa superficies curvas (General Investigations of Curved Surfaces), and a book of his collected lectures on computer vision entitled, Reconstructing Lost Worlds: Three-Dimensional Modeling, Computer Vision and Virtual Reality for Cultural Heritage Preservation (2018).

Bob Horton

Chair, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Bob Horton is chair of the Archives Center and assistant director for collections management services at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Prior to joining the NMAH, he was associate deputy director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2011-2015) and director of the Library, Publications and Collections Division of the Minnesota Historical Society (1997-2011).  Along with this and that, the Library of Congress named him a “Digital Preservation Pioneer” in 2008.

Ken Johnson

Budget Officer, Office of Chief Financial Officer, Smithsonian Institution

Ken Johnson currently serves as the Associate Director in the Office of Planning, Management and Budget and is responsible for preparing, defending, and executing the Smithsonian’s Federal Budget.

Ken came to the Smithsonian Institution in 2004 from the Department of Defense. He is a former Army Finance Officer and served over half of his military career in the Pentagon. Ken served as the Congressional liaison officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Ken also served in senior-level civilian positions as the Director of Resource Management at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and as the Comptroller for Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Ken received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.


Effie Kapsalis

Chief of Content and Communications Strategy, Smithsonian Institution Archives

As Chief of Content and Communications at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Effie Kapsalis strives to enable participatory cultural heritage and inclusive storytelling in order to make history accessible to everyone.  She led the earliest crowdsourcing initiatives at the Smithsonian that opened the doors to their collections and resources, and helped to create the institutional policy to enable wider public participation across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and zoo. While participating in the Smithsonian’s Emerging Leaders Development Program, she conducted critical research demonstrating the benefits of open cultural heritage, which was released at SXSW 2016 (view trailer). She has more than 20 years experience strategizing, designing, and developing digital environments in museum, corporate, and educational settings. She received her master's degree in industrial design focusing on pervasive technology at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2003.

Corey Kilbane

Chemistry Teacher and Science Innovation Coach, William Penn Charter School

Corey is a teacher and Director of the IdeaLabs at William Penn Charter School, a Quaker school in Philadelphia. There, he teaches atoms and reactions, bits and bots, and service through design at. He got his start teaching by creating science magic shows for local schools while studying biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. He went on to study organocatalyst methodology as a graduate student at University of Chicago, before returning to education. As a teacher he continues to develop new curriculum with a constructivist approach. Recent teaching projects include: creating a Light Brite Wall for PreK students, building an augmented reality watershed sandbox, using 3D facial scans to produce Grecian theater masks, simulating accurate uranium decay pathways with ten sided dice, having geometry and Latin students build working aqueducts, and integrating Design Thinking into cultural awareness training and community building.

Mark Kornmann

Director, Office of Public Engagement, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Mark Kornmann leads the Education and Public Engagement departments at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He has been with the museum since 2014 and served in education and also as the Director of Public Engagement.

Kornmann co-founded VMG Strategies in February 2011 following 24 years in secondary and higher education and four years in a national nonprofit organization. Mark is one of the founding directors of a residential academy for high ability students leading the state and national outreach efforts for the state of Indiana.

In 1994, he developed the nationally and internationally recognized Electronic Field Trip Program at Ball State University that connected classrooms across the globe with some of our national treasures in an interactive and engaging format. The electronic field trips were known for their innovative use of new media and integrating interdisciplinary curriculum strategies into the classroom. Mark built these award-winning programs with some of the nation’s leading institutions like the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The Air and Space Museum, The American Indian Museum, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Chicago Field Museum, and the United States Congress. Mark has developed both state and national programs for students and teachers focusing on the integration of technology and sound teaching practices.

During his tenure with the National Park Foundation, Mark served as the Senior Vice President for Grants and Strategic Engagement. In this role, Mark led the effort to connect the American public with their over 390 national parks. In 2007, Mark led the program efforts in launching First Bloom, a program aimed at connecting kids from across the country with their national parks around native landscapes. First Bloom was launched by First Lady Laura Bush in Austin, Texas. Other programs focused on scholarly work addressing critical needs in the national parks, educational programs for students and teachers, developing healthy communities around active trails, and in 2009, around the release of the Ken Burns documentary, Mark developed the National Park Foundation’s America’s Best Idea Grants Program. 

Karen Lemmey

Curator of Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Karen Lemmey is the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s curator of sculpture; she joined the museum’s staff in 2012. Lemmey is responsible for research, exhibitions and acquisitions related to the museum’s extensive sculpture collection, which is the largest collection of American sculpture in the world. Her research interests include public art and monuments, the history of materials and methods, American artist colonies in 19th-century Italy, the depiction of race in American sculpture, the history of sculpture conservation, and direct carving.

Lemmey co-curated Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern with Dakin Hart, senior curator at The Noguchi Museum (2016). She has organized Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave (2015) and an installation of 24 examples of direct carving from across the 20th century, drawn mostly from the museum’s permanent collection, and was the coordinating curator for Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions (2016).

Before joining the museum’s staff, Lemmey was a research associate at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and served as monuments coordinator for the City of New York’s Parks & Recreation. She was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where she organized the exhibition Alexandre-Louis-Marie Charpentier (2006).

Lemmey earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia College, Columbia University (1995) and she holds a doctorate in art history and certificate in American studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2005).

Lemmey became interested in sculpture as a high school student while serving as an apprentice at the studio of Greg Wyatt, sculptor-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. While there, she studied traditional methods of sculpting in clay, making molds and casting bronze.  

Brian Mathews

Vice President, Technology and Architecture, Autodesk, Inc.

As Vice President of Technology and Architecture at Autodesk, Brian Mathews helps shape strategy for Autodesk’s platforms and products serving the design, engineering, and construction industries. He is also responsible for product security to ensure reliable cloud services for customers.

Previously, Mathews served as VP of Autodesk Labs, a hub connecting design professionals with innovative technologies, and held Software Architecture and Engineering Management positions for collaboration solutions, data publishing, and the graphics technology used in several products including AutoCAD.

Before joining Autodesk, Mathews was Chief Architect at and held technical positions at Sun Microsystems and Ithaca Software. He was the original creator of the DWF format and holds a variety of patents covering data compression, computer graphics, cloud architecture, printing, and design collaboration. Mathews holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Meghan McCarthy

Program Lead 3D Biovisualization, Natl. Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH

Meghan Coakley McCarthy, M.S., Ph.D., is a Program Lead in the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where she drives efforts to develop and promote 3D technologies, including 3D printing and virtual and augmented reality, for bioscientific visualization. She is project lead to the NIH 3D Print Exchange (, a community-driven, online portal to open source 3D models and web-based tools for research and discovery in bioscience and medicine. Dr. McCarthy is also working to improve data standards and policies for new and emerging 3D applications, and to raise awareness of the Maker Movement throughout the realms of government, biomedical research, and clinical practice. She contributes to initiatives and working groups from the Web3D Consortium, the DICOM medical imaging standard, and the Creative Commons Organization. As a strong proponent of science communication, her outreach work includes participation in Maker Faires, STEM programs, popular science conventions, and career events promoting women in science. She is an advisor to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Inventor Fellowship, and in 2016, she was named a TEDMED Hive Innovator. Dr. McCarthy holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and a Doctorate in Neuroscience from University College Cork, Ireland.

Matilda McQuaid

Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Matilda McQuaid is Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.  McQuaid oversees one of the premier textile collections in the world—including more than 26,000 textiles produced over 2,000 years. She has also organized nationally and internationally acclaimed architecture and design exhibitions with accompanying publications including “Josef + Anni Albers: Designs for Living” (2004), “Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance” (2005), “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” (2011), “Tools: Extending Our Reach” (2014), and “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse” (2016). She helped lead a major collection digitization project at the museum with more than 190,000 objects photographed and available online.  Formerly at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) for fifteen years where she curated over thirty exhibitions, she is also an accomplished author and editor on art, architecture, and design, with many books, exhibition catalogues and articles to her credit.  

Scott Miller

Deputy Under Secretary for Collections & Interdisciplinary Support, Smithsonian Institution

Scott Miller is Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support at the Smithsonian Institution, responsible for central planning and development of the Smithsonian’s vast collections (137 million objects), and overseeing the Office of Fellowships and Internships, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Institution Libraries and Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. He is also responsible for the science portfolio of the Office of the Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research. Miller previously served the Smithsonian as Deputy Under Secretary for Science; associate director for science at the National Zoological Park from 2004 to 2006; and chairman of the departments of entomology and systematic biology at the National Museum of Natural History from 2000 to 2006. He headed the environment program at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya, 1998-1999, and chaired the entomology and natural science departments at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, 1986-1997. He helped establish and lead the Consortium for the Barcode of Life—an international network that develops DNA-based identification tools to make biodiversity information more widely available. Miller maintains an active research program as a curator of entomology at the National Museum of Natural History. He has published more than 200 publications and co-edited four books. His current research focuses on moths of Papua New Guinea and Africa, especially the integration of systematics, ecology, biogeography and conservation of insects and plants. Miller received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a doctorate degree in biology from Harvard University. 

Darren P. Milligan

Senior Digital Strategist, Center for Learning and Digital Access, Smithsonian Institution

For the past ten years, Darren has led strategy for digital outreach at the Center for Learning and Digital Access at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. There he researches and develops tools and services for making online cultural and scientific heritage resources accessible and useful to educators and learners. His work has included producing experiences such as online games and interactives, managing communication and marketing for teachers across the Smithsonian, developing methodologies for the development of standardized educationally-relevant metadata, and directing web platforms, including the online portal for educational resources at the Institution,, and the new Smithsonian Learning Lab. Darren was formerly producer and art director of the teacher magazine, Smithsonian in Your Classroom, and the exhibition, The World of Your Senses, in collaboration with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Exploratorium. Prior to the Smithsonian, Darren developed online citizen-science programs and mentoring communities at the Purple Martin Conservation Association in Pennsylvania, and worked in corporate marketing for several dot-com-era B2B software companies. He holds a master’s degree in Digital Heritage from the University of Leicester and bachelor of science degrees in Ethology and Latin American Popular Cultures from Allegheny College. Darren is currently on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for MCN and is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. 

Rolf Mueller

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Rolf Mueller has studied various aspects of bat biosonar from the perspectives of biophysics and bioinspired engineering for almost 15 years and has (co)authored more than 60 peer-reviewed, full-length publications on the topic. In particular, he has worked on statistical signal processing of sonar signals in complex, natural environments, biosonar beamforming, as well as biomimetic sonar systems. The focus areas of his current research are the extraction of adaptive design rules analysis from biodiversity and bioinspired dynamic principles for sensing. He is currently an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech and directs the Bioinspired Science and Technology (BIST) Center, an ICTAS-supported interdisciplinary effort with 40 faculty members from across the university. In his international efforts, he directs the Shandong University - Virginia Tech International Laboratory that is dedicated to the engineering analysis of biosonar, flight, and system integration in bats. His international work has been recognized by the Friendship Award of the People's Republic of China (2010), a Dean's Award of the VT College of Engineering (2011), and Virginia Tech's Alumni Award for International Research (2016).

Elizabeth Neely

Senior Director Integrated Content, American Alliance of Museums

Liz Neely is a passionate advocate for how creativity and ‘making’ empower and enrich our lives. As an established museum professional, she is focused on developing innovative learning experiences. In 2014, she led a grant investigating the incorporation of 3D printing in museum public programs. She has designed and facilitated workshops on 3D printing, fashion and technology, electronics and the development of makerspaces. Liz is the Senior Director of Integrated Content at the American Alliance of Museums. Previously she served as the Curator at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, NM and was the Director of Digital Experience at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Liz served as the 2015 president of MCN, an organization advancing digital transformation in the cultural sector, and serves on the NMC and Paseo Taos Boards. She has an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Jaap Otte

Senior Development Officer, Corporate

Jaap Otte assists the Digitization Program Office with developing corporate partnerships and collaborations and has done so at various parts of the Smithsonian for the last decade. Jaap strongly believes that the Smithsonian and corporations have much to offer each other and enjoys developing deep and long-lasting relations for the Smithsonian as a global leader in digitization. Jaap has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a joint degree in law and public administration from Leiden University in The Netherlands. A native of The Netherlands, Jaap has lived in the US since 2005. When not at work, Jaap enjoys travel, collecting ceramics and life in general.

Ricardo L. Punzalan

Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Ricardo L. Punzalan is Assistant Professor of archives and digital curation at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. In 2016, he received an Early Career grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study and develop strategies to assess the impact of access to digitized ethnographic archives for academic and Indigenous community users. He also examines ‘virtual reunification’ as a strategy to provide integrated access to dispersed ethnographic archival images online. He leads a team of postdoctoral scholars and masters’ fellows to enhance agricultural data curation efforts at the U.S. National Agricultural Library. He holds a Ph.D. in Information as well as graduate certificates in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. He previously taught on the faculty of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies. His articles have been published in leading LIS and archives journals, including the Library Quarterly, American Archivist, Archivaria, and Archival Science. In 2012, he received the Hugh A. Taylor Prize from the Association of Canadian Archivists for his co-authored article in Archivaria on users and uses of digitized photographic archives.

Nicholas Pyenson

Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Nicholas Pyenson is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He is a vertebrate paleontologist whose research focuses on major land-to-sea ecological transitions in the past 250 million years. In this span of geologic time, many different lineages of reptiles and mammals—whales, sea cows, mosasaurs and turtles, for example—have independently entered the oceans, showing both common patterns and unique solutions to the challenges of living the life aquatic.

To understand how and why these ecological transitions have happened, Pyenson has studied many different aspects of marine vertebrates, including their biomechanics and paleobiology. At the Smithsonian, he tends to the world’s largest collection of fossil marine mammals and contributes to it with field programs around the world, including most recently on Vancouver Island in Canada and in the Atacama Desert of Chile.

Pyenson is particularly interested in growing public appreciation for all natural assets and fossils, especially through the use of digital tools that can expand fieldwork, outreach and natural history collections at the same time.

The results of Pyenson’s investigations have covered a broad range of scientific disciplines. He is the author of more than 30 scientific papers, including several in the journals Nature and Science. His research has also been featured in the New York Times, Smithsonian, The Economist and on international public radio programs for NPR and CBC.

Pyenson received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley; he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia.

Julian Raby

Dame Jillian Sackler Dir. of Arthur M. Sackler & Freer Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Inst.

Julian Raby was appointed director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in March 2002. Together, the Freer and Sackler galleries form the national museum of Asian Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Raby was born in London. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Magdalen College at the University of Oxford in 1971 and his doctorate in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford in 1981.  His affiliation with Oxford grew to include a prominent role as University Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture (1979 to 2006), Chairman of Curators of the Oriental Institute (1991-1993; 1995-2000), and Chairman of the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies (1993-1995). While Chairman of Curators, Raby was closely involved in the creation of the Oxford University Teaching and Research Unit of Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Raby also has extensive experience in the field of publishing, where he has distinguished himself in the area of Asian studies as author, editor and publisher.  At Oxford, he was the Series Founder and Series Editor of Oxford Studies in Islamic Art.  Julian Raby served as the Monographs Editor for the British Institute of Archaeology and History in Amman, Jordan (1991-1993). Raby is the founder and former co-owner of Azimuth Editions, a major publisher in the field of Asian studies.

In addition, Raby has served as curator, concept designer and consultant for numerous museum exhibitions in both the United States and abroad. Exhibitions include the landmark “Iznik, The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey,” Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum in Istanbul (1989); “Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection” (1995); “Royal Persian Painting: The Qajar Epoch,” at the Brunei Gallery School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London (1999); and “Portraits of the Sultan: Picturing the House of Osman,” at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul (2000).

He is also the author of numerous papers, articles and books in the field of Islamic art, including books on Venice, Dürer, and the Oriental Mode (1982); IZNIK. The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey (London 1989); Turkish Bookbinding in the 15th Century, The Foundation of a Court Style (1993); and Qajar Portraits (London 1999).

An active participant in professional and educational associations, Raby has served as a member of the Council of the British Institute of Archaeology and History in Amman, Jordan, and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is a Socio Straniero of the Accademia Veneta, and a fellow of the Academia Europea.

Madlyn Runburg

Director of Education Initiatives, Natural History Museum of Utah

As Director of Education Initiatives at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Madlyn Runburg is focused on the development of technology enabled learning experiences that support the development of critical thinking skills. In this role, she has worked with museum leadership, learning scientists, scientists, technology experts and funding partners to create a pilot program, Research Quest, to engage middle school teachers and students in authentic, virtual investigations. This pilot program has been envisioned as a way for the museum to not only increase access to their collections, but to provide access in a way that also supports measurable learning outcomes.

Previously, Runburg worked as Director of School Programs for the Natural History Museum of Utah, leading the museum’s work serving Utah’s K-12 teachers and students with a diverse group of programs and learning experiences. She has worked in museums for more than ten years providing organizational leadership with an emphasis on ways in which museums can best support K-12 teachers and students. This work is informed, in part, by her earlier work as an elementary classroom teacher. Runburg earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.

Merete Sanderhoff

Curator and Senior Advisor of Digital Museum Practice, Statens Museum for Kunst

Merete Sanderhoff is Curator and Senior Advisor in the field of digital museum practice at SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, working for free access to and re-use of its digitised collections. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at international digital heritage conferences. A conference organiser herself, she has set the agenda for openness in the GLAM community with Sharing is Caring. Merete has published substantial research in the area of digital museum practice, including the anthology Sharing is Caring: Openness and Sharing in the Cultural Heritage Sector. She is chair of the Europeana Network Association, and also serves on the OpenGLAM Advisory Board, and the Board of DIAS Digital Interactive Art Space.

Dr. David J. Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

Dr. David J. Skorton

Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

Dr. David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian. He assumed his position July 1, 2015. As Secretary, Skorton oversees 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, the National Zoo and numerous research centers, including the Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He is responsible for an annual budget of $1.3 billion, 6,500 employees, and 6,300 volunteers. The Smithsonian's federal appropriation for fiscal year 2015 is $819.5 million, which accounts for 62 percent of the Institution's funding. The Smithsonian generates additional funding from private contributions and business revenues.

Skorton, a board-certified cardiologist, previously was the president of Cornell University, a position he held from July 2006. He was also a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and in Cornell's Department of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering. His research focus is congenital heart disease and cardiac imaging and image processing. Skorton is the first physician to lead the Smithsonian.

Vince Smith

Research Leader Life Science Diversity and Informatics Division, Natural History Museum, London

Dr. Vince Smith is a Research Leader and Head of Informatics in the Department of Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum, London. He has developed the Museum's informatics Group over the past 10 years, and was formally a research scientist at Illinois Natural History Survey. Vince applies digital technologies to the study of taxonomy and biodiversity, specialising in systems to share and manage natural history data, and through his development of the Museum's Collections Digitisation Programme. Vince leads and runs the Museum's open access Data Portal, which have served more than 1 Billion records since April 2015, and is at the forefront of developing new approaches to the mass digitisation of the museum’s 80 million specimens. Vince coordinates a series of EC and UK funded projects (e.g. SYNTHESYS3ViBRANT, and eMonocot), is editor-in-chief of the Biodiversity Data Journal, which is an online platform incentivising publication of natural history data and is a founding developer of the Scratchpad system, accelerating the sharing of structured biodiversity data. Vince's taxonomic expertise is on parasitic lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) and he works on the Museum's 100k+ louse specimens to better understand the coevolution these parasites on their bird and mammal hosts.D

Stuart Snydman

Associate Director for Digital Strategy, Stanford University Libraries

Stuart Snydman is the Associate Director for Digital Strategy at the Stanford University Libraries (SUL).  He directs SUL's digital library access program, overseeing development of its various discovery and delivery services.  This includes SUL's main website (, the online discovery system (SearchWorks), online collections and exhibits, and other systems for finding and using digital resources at Stanford. 

Stuart is co-head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR), which primarily supports research in the digital humanities and computational social sciences. The CIDR team designs and develops new tools and methods for digital scholarship, and helps faculty and students integrate technology and information resources into their research and teaching activities.  

For over 15 years, Stuart has helped steer SUL's digitization program and directly oversees its digital imaging and 3D capture programs.  

A main focus of Stuart's work currently is advancing the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), a global initiative to provide access to all the world's high quality cultural heritage imagery.   

Bill Tompkins

Director, National Collections Program, Smithsonian Institution

Bill Tompkins is the director of the Smithsonian’s National Collections Program, a central administrative office dedicated to improving the overall stewardship and management of Smithsonian collections. With 32 years’ experience at the Smithsonian, Bill serves as a principal advisor to Smithsonian senior management, unit directors, and staff on matters relating to collections management, providing central leadership, policy oversight, strategic planning, and support of Institution-wide collections initiatives. He is responsible for the development, administration, and implementation of the Smithsonian’s collections management policy, including the review and approval of individual Smithsonian collecting unit policies to ensure collections are acquired, maintained, and used according to Smithsonian policy, professional standards, and legal obligations. Working with Smithsonian senior management, he helps develop long-term strategies, priorities, and plans that strategically address pan-Institutional collections needs, including the allocation of central collections care resources.

Previously, Bill served as assistant director of the Smithsonian’s Office of the Registrar and as the collections manager of the National Numismatic Collection at the National Museum of American History, where he was responsible for the management and preservation of collections totaling more than 1 million objects.

Harry Verwayen

Deputy Director, Europeana

Harry Verwayen is currently working on the launch of IMPKT: a community for professionals working on impact design, assessment and narration. This includes the publication of a free open source framework for for impact assessment.  He is the Deputy Director at Europeana, responsible for the strategy, business development and impact assessment. He is passionate about the design and implementation of new business models and impact frameworks that will support Europe in its aim to make thier complete heritage openly accessible for work, learning and pleasure. He thinks that we need that. Prior to this, Harry worked at the Amsterdam based think tank Knowledgeland where he was responsible for business model innovation in the cultural heritage sector. He is trained as a historian and has worked over ten years in the Academic Publishing Industry. Mediocre tennis player, reasonable cook, aspiring photographer. Whiteboard affectionado (he asked for markers at Christmas). 

Dr. Erika Woolsey

CEO & Co-Founder, The Hydrous

Erika is a coral reef ecologist, teacher, and CEO of the Hydrous, a San Francisco based nonprofit that uses frontier technologies like virtual reality and 3D printing to create ‘open access oceans,’ so that all people may explore, understand, and engage with marine environments that are severely threatened by climate change and human impacts. Erika has been exploring coral reefs around the world for 15 years and conducted her PhD research on the Great Barrier Reef, where she investigated the effects of warming temperatures on coral health. Recognizing the importance of translating scientific discovery into public understanding, and believing that human connection to nature can change the world, she is using science, design, technology, and education to demonstrate why marine environments are worth protecting.

Diane Zorich

Director, Digitization Program Office, Smithsonian Institution

As Director of the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office (DPO), Diane Zorich leads an expert team in digitizing Smithsonian collections to maximize their impact for the public. She oversees mass digitization, 3D digitization, and digitization assessment activities that develop and improve digitization processes across the Institution, and works to increase the quality and quantity of digital assets representing Smithsonian collections. Through partnerships and collaborations, she and her team ensure that digitized Smithsonian collections can be used with existing and emerging technologies to enable creativity, learning, insight, and innovation.

Before joining the Smithsonian, Diane was a cultural heritage consultant with over 20 years of experience in information management, digitization, and policy in cultural organizations. She also worked as data manager for the former Association of Systematics Collections in Washington, D.C. and documentation manager at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge, MA. She is a past president and board member of the Museum Computer Network, and chaired that organization's intellectual property special interest group.

Diane is the author of numerous publications on museum information management and policy, digital humanities, rights management in cultural organizations, and nonprofit collaboration. She has graduate degrees in anthropology and museum studies from New York University and hails from Chicago (with stops along the way in New York City, Boston, San Diego, Princeton, and Washington, DC.)