Hello Musematic Readers:
Since early last Spring I’ve been working as Co-PI, with Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium on the latest incarnation of the 2010 Horizon Report–the first-ever Museum Edition. This report would not have been possible without the hard work of an enthusiastic and engaged Advisory Board (see pg. 34 of the PDF for some familiar names). Below is the formal announcement of the report.
The report has been released under a Creative Commons license to encourage broad distribution, and I encourage you to send electronic copies to your colleagues.
The report itself is only 324K, so it should be easy to email. It is also accessible via download from the NMC website at http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2010-Horizon-Report-Museum.pdf
The Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA), the new museum-focused branch of the New Media Consortium (NMC) is pleased to announce the release of the 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition!
This watershed edition of the annual Horizon Report series is the first of a new annual series that MIDEA will produce in partnership with the NMC. Each edition will consider emerging technology as they may be uniquely applied in museum settings — and the unique constraints and opportunities that each affords.
The new report identifies and describes six emerging technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on museum education and interpretation over the next five years. Also included are the major trends driving and challenges impeding their adoption. Each highlighted technology is examined from a practitioner’s perspective, and the discussions include sections on relevance to museum education and interpretation, benchmark projects incorporating the technologies, and key readings intended to allow interested readers to learn much more.
The new museum report is the latest addition to the globally recognized Horizon Project, which for nearly a decade has document emerging technology opportunities for formal education. More than 350,000 copies of previous Horizon Reports have been downloaded from the NMC website, and the readership of the overall series is estimated at more than 600,000 worldwide, spanning some 70 countries.
The report is designed to spark discussion among museum leaders, practitioners, and staff about how cultural institutions might think about emerging technology and is intended to be both brief and informative. We hope it will be of interest, and we welcome your comments.
The 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition was produced with the gracious support of the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation.
* Download the 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition here: http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2010-Horizon-Museum.pdf
* Learn more about the 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition here: http://midea.nmc.org/2010/09/hz10mu-released/