It's Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Museum Edition

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The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Museum Edition is a co-production between the NMC and the Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) and examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in education and interpretation within the museum environment.

"We are excited to have collaborated with the Marcus Institute on another compelling museum edition of the Horizon Report," said Dr. Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. "We hope the report will be a springboard for important discussions at every level in museums about how these emerging technologies can impact museum education and interpretation."

The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Museum Edition identifies six emerging technology topics, as well as key trends and critical challenges, through a research process designed and conducted by the NMC with the 2012 Museum Advisory Board. This international body of luminaries in the museum, education, and technology sectors engaged in a discussion based on a set of research questions intended to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify a broad array of potential technologies.

This year's museum report, the third edition, identifies mobile apps and social media as technologies expected to garner mainstream adoption in the near-term horizon of one year or less. Augmented reality and open content make up the mid-term horizon of two to three years, while the Internet of Things and natural user interfaces round out the far-term horizon of four to five years. The projects and readings under each of these technology topics provide an overview of the effectiveness each has proven to hold in the museum setting as well as specific examples of how museums across the globe are leveraging it.

"I think the Horizon Report for Museums provides much-needed avenues for communication, allowing administrations, content providers, and technologists to all get on the same page," said Holly Witchey, editor of the report. "This is particularly important in lean times as well as boom times."

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The Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) provides timely, succinct and practical knowledge about emerging technologies that museums can use to advance their missions.
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