Text of talk about the vision of a Smithsonian Commons. Given at the Gilbane Conference, Boston, 12/3/2008, and the Museum Computer Network in D.C., 11-13-2008. See accompanying PowerPoint presentation for the visuals. Note that this is not an official policy document, but is the author's thoughts about what *might* be in the Smithsonian's future.
This content is in the public domain (I'm a federal employee) but SlideShare doesn't let me tag it that way.
Update 7/8/2010: We've created a prototype of the Smithsonian Commons, http://www.si.edu/commons/prototype