Happy Friday, and Welcome (again) to Open F|S!

Open F|SFirst, thank you for signing up to be part of this experiment in digitized museums.  We at the Freer and Sackler Galleries are so excited about this opportunity to work with our new community of more than 300 testers in an open space of collaboration.

A little about myself… I am originally from California, and I moved to D.C. thirteen years ago to work with museums. I joined with the Freer|Sackler in November 2013 and am thrilled to be part of both this unexplored digital landscape and the amazing team here at the museums that launched Open F|S.

Now that you’re part of the team, we’ll make sure to keep you up-to-date on digital news from around the Smithsonian, and will provide opportunities for you to help us at the intersection of digitization and art.

For now, we hope you will share with us more about yourself, your visions for Open F|S, ideas for future partnerships or opportunities, and more creative ways you’ve used the collection. One of my favorite stories so far is of Meurs HRM – RO, who developed a non-commercial application that shows a “satellite view” of the entire collection—amazing!

Very small tokens of our gratitude:

  • If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, please come visit us in person soon, and stop by the Sackler Gallery pavilion desk on your way out for a free Open F|S sticker with five artworks of your choice, exclusively for beta testers (just mention “beta tester”).
  • Would you like to talk to the media about the creative way you’ve used Open F|S? Tokyo Broadcasting System is looking to interview innovative Open F|S users, and we’d love to show your creations to the world (or at least Japan!). Please email pressasia@si.edu if you are interested!
  • ICYMI, we have free masterworks for your digital devices available, and we’ll be adding to the library soon! If you have suggestions for future artworks to feature, let us know.

As you can tell, we are really excited to see what our partnership can create!

Talk soon,

Courtney D. OCallaghan
Chief Digital Officer
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution

This post was originally sent as an email to Open F|S beta testers.

Cite this article: courtneydawn, "Happy Friday, and Welcome (again) to Open F|S!," in Courtney OCallaghan, February 8, 2015, http://courtneydawn.com/first-letter-to-the-fs-users/.