The Smithsonian Commons Prototype website is now live. Once established it will be an example of the growing digital experience and learning model that helps people with their “lifelong learning journeys.” The creation of a Smithsonian Commons is going to be dedicated to stimulating learning, creation, and innovation through open access to Smithsonian research, collections and communities.
The Smithsonian explains why the Commons project is integral to their mission on their site:
“Our understanding of research, education, artistic creativity, and the progress of knowledge is built on the axiom that no idea stands alone, and that all innovation is built upon the ideas and innovation of others. The Smithsonian community has always championed these ideals.”
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Watch a video showing how the Smithsonian Commons is useful to citizen researchers.