NMC Partners with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative

The NMC and the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) are embarking on a collaboration to conduct research and publish an NMC Horizon Report that describes the trends, challenges, and emerging technologies that will impact museums over the next five years. The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Museum Edition will be released in Spring 2015, along with a special BPOC version to celebrate Balboa Park’s Exposition Centennial. Both reports will be jointly distributed free-of-charge, under a Creative Commons license.

The two organizations share the common goal of helping museums build sustainable, long-term digital strategies based on the findings of the museum edition of the NMC Horizon Report.

“Our partnership with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative is significant gain for the museum community,” said NMC Chief Executive Officer, Larry Johnson. “The NMC Horizon Project will be extending four years of research on museum education and interpretation into its fifth, thanks to the leadership of the BPOC and its dedication to furthering cutting-edge museum practices.” 

BPOC provides technology service, support, and strategy for 27 cultural organizations in Balboa Park, San Diego, which represent a microcosm of the challenges and opportunities faced by the museum field, according to BPOC’s Chief Executive Officer, Nik Honeysett.

“BPOC's support of the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Museum Edition is grounded in the belief that it is a critical resource for 21st century museums. Now rooted in the information age, the real-world information and examples in the report assist museums in future planning, decision-making, aligning with trends, and identifying the challenges of serving a digital audience,” said Honeysett. “It feels only natural that we should partner with NMC to produce a resource that benefits the field.”

This month, an expert panel of museum leaders will engage in discussions in a collaborative online workspace to determine the top six trends, six challenges, and six developments in educational technology that will have the deepest impact on museum education and interpretation over the next five years. These 18 topics will then be further researched and detailed in the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Museum Edition.

To view the expert panel’s progress throughout the project, visit http://museum.wiki.nmc.org.

To see the latest project updates, such as the call for project submissions in Winter 2015, watch this space!


About the Balboa Park Online Collaborative
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California. In addition to open space areas, gardens, and trail paths, it contains museums, theaters, recreational facilities, restaurants and a Zoo. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park's site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use. The Park welcomes more than 12 million visitors per year. Founded in 2008, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) leverages the economy of scale to partner with museums, art, science, and cultural organizations make cost-effective, sustainable and strategic technology decisions with a range of technical and support services, digital production and collection management, website and in-gallery development, online marketing, and digital strategy. To learn more about the BPOC, visit http://www.balboapark.org/bpoc.

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