Press Clippings: Miscellanea- Stories, Examples, Food for Thought

The initial listing of examples, ideas, and miscellaneous technology or news was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Sam Sam Apr 14, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

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  • Dear Photograph
    This blog is devoting to taking pictures from the past and bringing them into the present by posting letters to the photographs themselves. Interesting example of digital storytelling. - robert.trio robert.trio Aug 10, 2011 I like this approach, made me think it would be an interesting way of building an augmented reality app. - sheila.carey sheila.carey Aug 12, 2011 I like this too. It's also worth noting that historypin now has a mobile app. I'm another fan of Dear Photograph, which does a wonderfully simple, pared-down job of helping people make the passage of time visible and eliciting shared affective engagement with images previously unknown to most viewers. It has some similarity to how some museums solicit public stories related to collections images online, and its visual-overlay approach is akin to historypin's; but it sure does seem as though there are more possibilities to explore in this direction (maybe via AR, as noted above). - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011
  • Does the Fourth Amendment cover 'the cloud'?
    One of the biggest issues facing individuals and corporations choosing to adopt public cloud computing (or any Internet service, for that matter) is the relative lack of clarity with respect to legal rights over data stored online. -- A US-centric perspective, but the issues here apply to any jurisdiction - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Do Masters Degrees Help Get Jobs?
    This article from the Museums Association discusses the correlation between museum and other graduate studies programs and employment.- holly holly Aug 8, 2011This article still fails to address the major problem with museum studies degrees--there are no accepted standards and no accreditation. The major successes of even the best museum studies programs come from hard work and, ultimately, who knows whom when it comes to finding a job. - nik.honeysett nik.honeysett Aug 10, 2011 Won't be long before the gap between earning capacity with a Masters degree and the cost of obtaining that degree nets out or worse, goes negative.
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  • The J. Paul Getty Museum collection comes alive with Google Goggles
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  • Job Security No More......(by Jen Wagner)
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  • Mobile for Museums
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  • Project Rimino: Redefining the Mobile Experience The Rimino concept is an E-paper mobile device with a user interface inspired by print posters. Historically, as technology has progressed, devices have become more conspicuous. Rimino challenges this trend and presents the alternative: technology that is more integrated and more sensitive to the human experience. Read more: - nancy.proctor nancy.proctor Aug 14, 2011
  • The Modigliani Test: The Semantic Web's Tipping Point
    The tipping point for the long-awaited Semantic Web may be when you can query a set of data about someone not too famous, and get a long list of structured results in return. I've decided to term this 'The Modigliani Test.' -- I like it, and look forward to the day we can finally see it applied! - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 -- This article makes a nice corollary in some ways to the Google Goggles article. To link data and image sets together, search-ability (and vetting) will be key. - jason.trimmer jason.trimmer Aug 10, 2011 - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011 - erin.coburn erin.coburn Aug 14, 2011
  • National Park Service Delivering 3D Underwater Imagery to Students
    The main video will feature several parks, but the SRC will also produce park-specific 3D presentations for visitor centers. Shooting is scheduled to continue over the next seven months. Those are expected to be done in time for fall 2011 release.
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    The centre aims to “bring the world’s history and cultures to life through advanced technology.” Its programs reach more than 10,000 children and adults annually.
  • Say hello to .كوم as domain names go truly global
    Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, and other characters are coming to Internet domain extensions thanks to a vote by ICANN. The organization said that the system has been in "intense" testing for years, and that it will help everyone reach more Internet users. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 --This makes perfect sense and I am excited. Much more inclusive this way! - Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011 Here too, multilingual support is simply a necessary part of the future. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011
  • Student Involved Assessment by Dean Shareski
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  • Tracking your kids, stuff is the future, according to AT&T
    More of your everyday stuff may be able to communicate with cell networks throughout 2010, at least if AT&T has anything to say about it. The company says that it plans to add services to a plethora of consumer products as part of an expansion of its mobile offerings, and that the first of these products may be available in the second half of this year. - nik.honeysett nik.honeysett Aug 11, 2011 Important not for tracking your kids but: "AT&T is already in the process of inking deals to get into 20 consumer devices" - everyware will be everywhere.
  • Understanding the New Web Era: Web 3.0, Linked Data, Semantic Web
    I've been following a fascinating 3-part series of posts this week by Greg Boutin, founder of Growthroute Ventures. The series aimed to tie together 3 big trends, all based around structured data: 1) the still nascent "Web 3.0" concept, 2) the relatively new kid on the structured Web block, Linked Data, and 3) the long-running saga that is the Semantic Web.

 -- We all need to get our data in order before we create too much of it... - nik.honeysett nik.honeysett Aug 11, 2011 I agree with Nik. It's great that we can link data, but in some cases, the information we link to isn't in the greatest shape. In some ways, what we can do with technology is outpacing our ability to create, clean, useful data. - sheila.carey sheila.carey Aug 12, 2011 Agreed. Maybe there's a partial analogy here to longer-running concerns about putting collections information online in single-museum databases, in regard to which many institutions have decided that (1) cataloging is never perfect or truly complete, (2) making some collections metadata discoverable and accessible in new ways that serve mission need not await attainment of ideal cataloging depth and accuracy, and (3) it can be worth trying to provide new means of information access in parallel with ongoing (eternal) data cleanup, provided there are ways to do so that don't cause a disproportionate hit on staff time needed for work on the data itself. This data provision can include any caveats that may be useful to users, or necessary to preserve an institution's self-esteem by stating its knowledge of data issues not yet resolved. In that sense, maybe museums' internal discussions of whether to work with Linked Data etc. have a partial precursor. See also . - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011 - erin.coburn erin.coburn Aug 14, 2011
  • 'Vanity' Press Goes Digital
    Much as blogs have bitten into the news business and YouTube has challenged television, digital self-publishing is creating a powerful new niche in books that's threatening the traditional industry. Once derided as "vanity" titles by the publishing establishment, self-published books suddenly are able to thrive by circumventing the establishment. A museum should be a self publisher for powerful thoughts about art. On one hand we have the curators and museum scientists writing about art, on the other side we have all the experiences given by the educators, docents and visitors. Why not learn from the "popes" of self publishing and use the strategy of "Online 1st". Catalogues will be topsellers in future too, but they are coffee-table-books and often not easy to read. E-Books with short stories (e.g. narrations combined with the subjective view and the sensual experience) will be a good opportunity to get in touch with the "readers" of art. (Like the Connections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art but for E-Books -- This could be a third part of a general consideration of how eBooks will play in the museum sector, across this and other genres (artists' books, scholarly catalogues), as noted on the Emerging Technologies page. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011
  • A Very Simple Way To Use Twitter To Produce A News Story
    This post depicts how to get to the heart of a story through multiple Twitter users who are close to the scene. -- the riots in England have sparked a lot of discussion about Twitter and its use and role, interesting points about the need for news curation on Twitter here - lorna.obrien lorna.obrien Aug 11, 2011

  • 'Virtual graduation' for students
    A university is to hold a "virtual graduation ceremony" for students on a distance learning course. --I am completely on board with this. The only way online learning can be an engaging, worthwhile experience is to simulate more emotionally-laden on-campus events like this.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • Yale Opens Its Image Vault Online for Free
    The university, in New Haven, announced that it is opening its entire digital image collection to the public for free – the first Ivy League institution to take this step toward open access. - Larry Larry Aug 9, 2011 This is the right direction to take whenever possible. Yale's move marks a key moment in a broader (still incipient) move to more open access and a better-populated public domain of visual resources. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Aug 14, 2011 - erin.coburn erin.coburn Aug 14, 2011
  • Emerging Business Models: Other than the stuff on the end of careers and full-time jobs, I'm kind of surprised I haven't seen anything in this set of clippings about how the economics of museums and technology are changing and will impact how we work in and experience museums. What else has come out on this since Max Anderson's 2007 article in Curator? Peter Samis, Allegra Burnette, Rich Cherry & I also did a paper for MW2011 on mobile business models
    , which I expanded for the AAM book:
  • Rebooting the Museum: Essays by Sherri Wasserman et al.