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Darren Milligan

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

 

Saul Steinberg Smithsonian Letterhead Doodles

<p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saul_Steinberg" target="_blank">Saul Steinberg</a> created these drawings in the 1960s. A complete story of his time in residence at the Smithsonian is <a href="http://siarchives.si.edu/blog/%E2%80%9Cenigmatic%E2%80%9D-first-artist-residence-smithsonian" target="_blank">available from Smithsonian Archives</a>.</p>
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Halloween

Spooky delights and dark treasures from the vaults of the Smithsonian itself!
Darren Milligan
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Meryl McMaster and George Catlin

This collection pairs photographs created by contemporary Canadian artist Meryl McMaster that utilize paintings by nineteenth century American painter George Catlin. McMaster images from Katzman Contemporary (http://www.katzmancontemporary.com/merylmcmaster/ ): "Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and a graduate in photography from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Meryl is the recipient of the Canon Canada Prize, the Nora E. Vaughan Award, the Design Medal from OCAD, the Vistek Photography Award, Heartline Pictures Award, and SNAP!Stars TD Award. Her scholarships include the K.M. Hunter Scholarship, the Doris McCarthy Scholarship and the OCAD Admissions Scholarship. McMaster is currently preparing for two concurrent solo new shows in early fall with Katzman Contemporary and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and prolifically is featuring her past work in solo and group exhibitions across Canada (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Dunlop Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, and FOFA Gallery)."
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Pi (3.14159) and Pie (Yum) Resources from the Smithsonian

Resources for use with #piday
Darren Milligan
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Easter Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hares!

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