Just wanted to announce that the 2011 Horizon Report>Museum Edition has gone to press (and was officially launched at MCN in Atlanta last week). Follow this link to a page where you can a) download the report, or b) watch a >4 minute video which gives a brief overview of the six technologies featured in [...]
One of the really cool and exciting things about the rise of the mobile platform is that, by definition, they can be used almost anywhere. This greatly impacts the scale and scope of educational opportunities for organizations looking to get their programs (literally) into the hands of a curious public. So imagine the opportunities for [...]
At the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, most of our projects share one key objective: leveraging resources. For websites we standardized the CMS platform and deployed 20 websites in 2 years with 3 developers. For digitization we created shared studios and digitized 160,000 images, videos, films and slides and got them online in 18 months. And [...]
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 [...]
Whatever we’re doing with smartphones, we aren’t doing enough. We finally have a ubiquitous computing device that everyone seems to have, and seems to use as functional extensions of the brain and fingers.
“I never take audio guides. I can’t stand them!” I love that phrase. I think it encapsulates everything museums have got wrong with mobile interpretation. I’ve now heard it so often that I’ve resigned myself to producing a polite smile each time I hear it; I’m rarely able to summon the strength to follow it [...]
Over the last couple of weeks – thanks in part to me also posting the news footage on the MCN listserv – I’ve received a number of questions about the 1952 Stedelijk Museum audio guide: how the technology worked, who developed it, why it was installed, and what the Dutch commentator says (see end for [...]