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Darren Milligan

Acting Director
Smithsonian Office of Educational Technology, Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Staff

Hi! I am the Acting Director for the Smithsonian's Office of Educational Technology, the team that built and manages the Smithsonian Learning Lab. 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

 

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&st=botany&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>
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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) of orchid specimens available here in the Learning Lab. <a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/search?page=1&st=Smithsonian+Gardens+Orchid+Collection&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://www.si.edu/stories/see-thousands-orchids-incredible-detail" target="_blank">See thousands of orchids in incredible detail in the Smithsonian's newly digitized collection</a>"</p>
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Forgotten Relevance

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Some of My Favorite Faces

<p>To create the collection, I used the <strong>Zoom Lock Tool</strong>. You can use it too. <strong>1)</strong> Open up one of your collections, <strong>2)</strong> open up an image within that collection, <strong>3)</strong> use the zoom tools to zoom in and out and your cursor to reposition the image, <strong>4)</strong> click the checkbox next to the zoom tools, <strong>5) </strong>click done. Then save your collection to <em>reset the thumbnail images.</em> When others view your collection, that image will load at the zoom level and the position you set (although they will still be able to zoom in and out of the image).</p>
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My Smithsonian Closet

<p>You could be exceptionally well-dressed if the Smithsonian were your closet. For instructions and inspiration on making your own Smithsonian Closet, check out: <a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/getting-to-know-you-icebreaker-ideas-with-the-smithsonian-learning-lab/iAJBJX7o7hsW2tzx">Getting to Know You: Icebreaker Ideas with the Smithsonian Learning Lab</a> and <a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/news/my-smithsonian-closet-exploring-research-strategies">My Smithsonian Closet: Exploring Research Strategies</a>.</p><p><br></p><p>#MySmithsonianCloset</p>
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Easter Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hares!

<p>So many rabbits, bunnies, hares, and more!</p>
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Monkeys!

A collection of some of my favorite monkeys from the Smithsonian collections, built just in time for the 2016 Chinese or Lunar New Year.
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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>
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The Simpsons

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