The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) equips members of the Smithsonian community with the technology tools, services, and applications they need to carry out their responsibilities effectively. OCIO manages a state-of-the-art data center in Herndon, VA, supporting Smithsonian facilities and staff in Washington, New York, Cambridge, MA, the country Panama, and other locations around the world. Beyond ensuring robust day-to-day operations, OCIO professionals partner with subject matter experts throughout the Institution to deliver leading-edge technology solutions in areas of strategic importance.
OCIO has played a key role in the development and delivery of the “Digital Smithsonian,” making our vast collections, research, and educational resources accessible online to millions of people around the world. Over the past decade, OCIO has dedicated significant resources to the digitization of collections and research data and to making our digital assets accessible to the public via the web, social media, in-museum technologies, etc.
- Empower all Smithsonian staff members with the technology solutions they need to do their best work.
- Deliver enterprise solutions that respond to the organization’s complex and ever-evolving requirements.
- Safeguard the Smithsonian’s information resources and operations by implementing a robust IT security program.
- Expand central and unit capability to create and manage digital content from collections.
- Enable the full, coordinated sharing of Smithsonian cultural, scientific, and information resources with the public.
- Create a technology environment that supports and strengthens the Institution’s scientific research enterprise.