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I'm the co-founder / Associate Director / Head of Digital at the newly forming UN Live Museum for Humanity.
(More info/background about my move to UN Live here.)

I'm a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at the Council on Library and Information Services (USA).

I'm the instigator of the Openlab Workshop.

I'm on advisory boards for City of Copenhagen History and Culture institutions (Københavns Kommune Historie & Kunst); the Saxo Institute's Past's Future project; Greenhouse Studios at the University of Connecticut; and more.

I'm a juror for the MacArthur Foundation's $100m 100&Change initiative.

Until recently I was the Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution.
I'm writing a book about scope, scale, and speed called The Age of Scale.

Twitter: @mpedson

email: usingdata [at] gmail [dot] com
Bio - - at the bottom

Recent Work

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Video's/interviews about Web & New Media strategy


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Stuff I'm doing soon

  • Workshop, Catalan Department of Culture, Barcelona, October 28, 2016
  • Marketing Artes 16 - Barcelona (keynote), October 27, 2016
  • Marketing Artes 16 - Madrid (keynote), October 25, 2016
  • Hack4DK cultural data hackathon, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 23-25, 2016
  • Seminar: Educational perspectives in Cultural Heritage Institutions in a digital age (keynote), National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) and Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, September 22, 2016
  • California Digital Library (internal), July 27, 2016
  • Creative Problem Solving Symposium, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, July 26, 2016
  • Open Cultural Heritage workshop and keynote, Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt, Warsaw, Poland, June 11, 2016
  • Polin Museum (keynote), Warsaw, Poland, June 9, 2016
  • TEDx Tysons, Tysons, Virginia, June 3, 2016
  • IFLA President's Meeting, Toronto, Canada, April 7-8, 2016
  • National Library of Israel groundbreaking/workshop; Yad Hanadiv board meeting, Jerusalem, Israel, April 4-6, 2016
  • Library Leaders Digital Strategy Summit (co-convener/facilitator), Washington, DC, March 8-9, 2016
  • Innovation Salon (keynote), Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Innovation Studio, February 18, 2016

Some stuff I've done recently


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Michael Edson is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. Michael is the co-founder of the UN Live Museum for Humanity, a new institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark and locations throughout the world and he was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution. Michael is a Presidential Distinguished Fellow at the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (USA); he serves on the Open Knowledge Foundation’s OpenGLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum) advisory board; and he is the founder of the Openlab Workshop initiative, a solutions lab, convener, and consultancy designed to accelerate the speed and impact of transformational change in the GLAM sector. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine.

If you need a picture of me you can use this, this (credit Geert van den Boogaard, 2010 for this one), this (CC-BY, Lars Lundqvist), or this (CC-BY Sebastiaan ter Burg), or this (another CC-BY Lars Lundqvist)