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Darren Milligan

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

Hi. I lead strategy for digital outreach at the Center for Learning and Digital Access at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. There I research and develop services for making online museum assets accessible and useful to educators and learners, including producing experiences such as online games and interactives, managing pan-Institutional social media initiatives for teachers, and directing web platforms, including the online portal for educational resources at the Institution, SmithsonianEducation.org and the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Prior to my time at the Smithsonian, I developed citizen-science programs and online mentoring communities at the Purple Martin Conservation Association.

Me on Twitter: @darrenmilligan

Darren Milligan's collections

 

Easter Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hares!

<p>So many rabbits, bunnies, hares, and more!</p>
Darren Milligan
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My Smithsonian Closet

<p>You could be exceptionally well-dressed if the Smithsonian were your closet. #MySmithsonianCloset</p>
Darren Milligan
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Beautiful Orchids at the Smithsonian

<p>This collection represents some of my personal favorites from the project to digitize more than 8,000 living specimens of the <strong>Orchidaceae family, </strong>in the <a href="https://gardens.si.edu/collections/plants/orchids/">Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection</a>.</p> <p>There are thousands (at the time of publishing) orchid specimens available here in the Learning Lab. <a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/search?page=1&amp;st=Smithsonian+Gardens+Orchid+Collection&amp;st_op=and">Find your own favorites using this search.</a></p> <p>Learn more in the <em>Smithsonian Insider</em> article, "<a href="https://insider.si.edu/2018/08/see-thousands-of-orchids-in-incredible-detail-in-the-smithsonians-newly-digitized-collection/" target="_blank">See thousands of orchids in incredible detail in the Smithsonian’s newly digitized collection</a>."</p>
Darren Milligan
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Pigs!

<p>Some of my favorite pigs, hogs, and boars from across the Smithsonian collection. </p>
Darren Milligan
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Halloween

Spooky delights and dark treasures from the vaults of the Smithsonian itself!
Darren Milligan
50
 

Beautiful Botanicals

<p>This collection represents some of my personal favorites from the digitization project at the <a href="http://botany.si.edu/">United States National Herbarium</a>, at the National Museum of Natural History. This project's goal is <a href="http://nmnh.typepad.com/the_plant_press/2016/05/specimen-digitization-update.html">to digitize the 4.5 million specimens</a> held in the collection. </p><p>There are hundred of thousands (at the time of publishing) botany specimens available here in the Learning Lab. <a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/search?page=1&amp;st=botany&amp;f%5Bdata_source%5D%5B0%5D=NMNH+-+Botany+Dept.">Find your own favorites using this search.</a></p><p>Technical descriptions of the project can be found in a series of articles from the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office:<br /></p><p><a href="https://dpo.si.edu/blog/dpo-mass-digitization-smithsonian-physical-workflow-0">DPO Mass Digitization at the Smithsonian: Physical Workflow<br /></a><a href="https://dpo.si.edu/blog/dpo-mass-digitization-smithsonian-imaging-workflow-part-1">D</a><a href="https://dpo.si.edu/blog/dpo-mass-digitization-smithsonian-imaging-workflow-part-1">PO Mass Digitization at the Smithsonian: Imaging Workflow (Part 1)<br /></a><a href="http://dpo.si.edu/blog/dpo-mass-digitization-smithsonian-imaging-workflow-part-2">DPO Mass Digitization at the Smithsonian Imaging Workflow (Part 2)</a></p><p>Keywords: plant, ferns, algae, flower, moss, stem, green, yellow, red, natural, color, growing</p>
Darren Milligan
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Beauty of Flight - Lepidoptera from the Smithsonian

<p>Selection of my favorite butterflies and moths (from the more than 180,000 described). The Smithsonian National Musem of Natural History's Lepidoptera Collection has 4 million specimens, occupying 30,000 drawers and 3,000 alcohol jars. The collection has the most complete representation of both larvae (123,000 specimens) and adults in the Western Hemisphere! <a href="http://entomology.si.edu/Collections_Leps.html" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.</p>
Darren Milligan
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The Simpsons

Darren Milligan
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