The New Media Consortium wants your help!

I’m on the Advisory Board for this year’s NMC Horizon Report: Museums Edition.  It’s a fabulous guidebook to what’s out there and what’s coming. As part of the final information-gathering, they’re looking for innovative examples of technologies in museums for inclusion in the report.  See the note below and let them (or me) know of any cool examples you’ve encountered.



NMC Seeks Examples for the NMC Horizon Report: 2011 Museum Edition

We are interested in learning about any kind of research, pilot programs, innovative projects, or other work happening at your museum (or ones you know of) in any of the six areas listed below.  Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these technologies and their applications on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry.

Here are the six areas identified for this year’s report:

Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  One Year or Less
* Mobiles
* Tablet Computing

Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  Two to Three Years
* Augmented Reality
* Electronic Publishing

Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  Four to Five Years
* Digital Preservation
* Smart Objects

The Time-to-Adoption Horizon indicates how long the Advisory Board feels it will be until a significant number of museums are providing or using each of these technologies or approaches broadly. Of course, a number of innovative museums are already working in some of these areas, and those are the very efforts we want to highlight. Of special interest are any activities that have a significant web presence so that a URL might be included in the report.

How to Participate

If you know of examples we could include, please use the brief web form at to tell us about them. We ask for a title, a URL, and a one- or two-sentence description; you also will need to select which of the six topics your example falls under. The process takes about two minutes.

We hope to have your examples by Wednesday, October 12, but no matter what, we’d love to hear about what you are doing!  All we really need is a sentence of description and a URL — we’ll do the rest.

Thanks — and we look forward to hearing from you — and from your networks!


Larry Johnson
Chief Executive Officer

Holly Witchey
Editor and Museum Scholar in Residence


The New Media Consortium
sparking innovation, learning and creativity

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