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

  • Adopt-A-Museum Project
    This website invites anyone to "adopt a museum" by contacting the website creators who will send each adopter a questionnaire to fill out, so that each museum can be featured on the site. It is a simple way to crowdsource and spread information about lesser-known museums out there. - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012
  • Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web
    In this TED Talk Amit Sood describes the development of Google Art Project, which allows visitors to explore artwork in any museum from their own chair and curate their own personal museums.
  • Arts Digital R&D podcast 1: user generated content, social media & audience curation
    The Arts Council has commissioned a series of six audio podcast magazine programmes exploring the innovative use of digital technology in the arts and cultural sector. The first podcast in the series explores user generated content, social media and audience curation.
  • At Getty Museum, revelations of art via tech
    The Getty uses technology in a variety of ways to enhance the experiences of its visitors, from making its paintings searchable and recognizable with Google Goggles, to working with an ipad app that allows visitors to sit down and pore over a specific piece, to using x-rays as a way to explain and showcase the process of creating specific pieces. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Oct 9, 2012 : and the x-ray angle makes this a great example of useful convergence of conservation practice, technology, and museum collections in a public-facing way.
  • Augmenting Museums and K-16
    This article explains how augmented reality apps are adding an important dynamic to museum exhibits and encourages museums to experiment with the new technology.
  • CC and the 3D Printing Community
    This article from Creative Commons addresses “the similarities between the community that has grown around 3D printing and that of the commons which Creative Commons strives to empower.” As more mediums exist for replicating work through 3D printing, it is increasingly important to understand the impact on licensing and open content. - susan.cairns susan.cairns Oct 9, 2012
  • 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.- holly holly Oct 8, 2012love this sight, a great simple approach to digital story-telling. - sheila.carey sheila.carey Oct 10, 2012 This is a great site.
  • Digital Crystal: Swarovski exhibition at the Design Museum, London
    A new exhibit at the Design Museum explores the relationship between the digital world and physical objects through crystal installations made interactive by digital technologies.
  • Four to Follow
    These four museum professionals have leveraged social media in a number of ways to benefit their museums through collaboration with visitors and other organizations. - elka.weinstein elka.weinstein Oct 10, 2012
  • From Technological Connectivity to Cultural Connectivity
    This food for thought piece reflects on how our use of technology affects our relationships and our awareness of ourselves in relation to the world around us. The author reminds us of the importance of meaningful interactions and reflection.
  • Future tech exhibit plugs museum interactivity (photos)
    This slideshow gives some examples of specific exhibits using emerging technologies like gesture-based computing, 3d printing, and eye-tracking.
  • How Tech is Changing the Museum Experience
    Mashable highlights how The Smithsonian, The Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC, and Powerhouse Museum in Australia are using digital and mobile technologies. Mobile tours, crowdsourcing apps, and other social technologies allow visitors a more interactive and profound experience with the collections in these museums.
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum collection comes alive with Google Goggles
    The Google Goggles team has worked with The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to “Goggles-enable” their permanent collection of paintings. You can use the Google Goggles app on your phone to take a photo of a painting from the collection and instantly access information about it from the Getty’s mobile-optimized website and the rest of the web. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Oct 9, 2012 : more good AR.
  • Louvre Museum Uses Nintendo 3DS In Tour System
    The Louvre Museum in Paris gives visitors a Nintentdo 3DS to tour the museum. Dual screens let visitors multitask by pulling up two things at once, like exhibit information on one screen and a museum map on the other. GPS works with markers in the museum to guide visitors.
  • Mobile for Museums
    For many years, art museums have been at the forefront of offering their visitors learning experiences that extend beyond traditional exhibit labels with gallery kiosks and audio guides. More recently, art museums continue leading the way by adding cell phone tours, podcasts, and platform-specific applications in an effort to capitalize on the commonly-owned portable devices—iPods, MP3 players, Blackberries, cell phones—that visitors already carry in their pockets
  • New Cabinets for New Curiosities
    The Brighton Museum has opened up some of its collections data, and invited coders and digital artists to see what they can build from it. Some pieces will be showcased and one final project will be financially backed by the museum.- holly holly Oct 8, 2012I love projects like this that ask coders and programmers to get creative with cultural heritage data. Can't wait to see the results--given the whacky and creative community that exists in Brighton UK I have high hopes. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Oct 9, 2012 : and other open metadata about collections, e.g. from the Cooper-Hewitt (; one good thought-piece on exploring that resource is Mia Ridge's blog post at , in which she also links this kind of access to visualization. There might be a nice, fairly tightly bundled (combined) topic along the lines of "open data and new visualizations of collections information." - susan.cairns susan.cairns Oct 9, 2012 : Seb's discussion is useful reading too. - - sheila.carey sheila.carey Oct 12, 2012 -- elka.weinstein elka.weinstein Oct 12, 2012 well, there was only one entry, but it looks like it's going to be a really interesting one.
  • QR Codes Cover Every Inch Of Russia's Pavilion At The Venice Architecture Biennale 2012
    Source: guy.deschenes guy.deschenes - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012 Love the aesthetic aspect of QR codes here.
  • The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum
    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.
  • SFMOMA First Museum to Release Year-in-Review Annual Report as iPad App
    The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art released its annual report as an iPad app to share its story of all of the museum's exhibitions, programs, and acquisitions. - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012 Just like the online scholarly catalogs, SFMOMA shows that something as dry as annual reports can come to life.
  • Tate Britain’s Quiztrail for iPhone
    Tate Britain’s QuizTrail offers a game-based way for visitors to explore the museum, prompting them to answer questions as they move through the corresponding exhibits. The questions are varied to cater to both adults and kids. Visitors can earn prizes and discounts from the Tate’s online shop by playing.- holly holly Oct 8, 2012grrr Need more information these sound byte articles about technology projects in museums have mostly the appropriate buzzwords and no information about what actually takes place.
  • Teaching with the iPad: Adding a New Dimension to the Museum Experience
    Statistics show that the number of museum-goers who bring tablets is on the rise. This author brings together information, examples, and personal experience with tablets to explain how museums are taking advantage of these devices. - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012
  • The Televised Web, or the Real Web 1.0. What was the future like in 1934 ?
    Paul Otlet was a visionary. He predicted well in advance the coming web of the '90s. The World Science Festival has a fine article about that on its website.Source: - guy.deschenes guy.deschenes
  • Top Gear Host Narrates Museum Exhibits as Augmented Reality Avatar
    The “Science Stories” App for the Science Museum in London features “Top Gear” host as a 3D avatar who walks and talks describing the exhibit pieces when you point your smartphone camera at a specific marker. Visitors can also download a pdf with the markers to go on a virtual tour at home.
  • Touched Echo
    This post describes two interactive exhibits from a book published in 2011 called “A Touch of Code: Interactive Installations and Experiences,” explaining why those particular projects were so compelling.
  • Welcome to the Education Renaissance
    The internet and greater access to it from digital devices has sparked a 21st century renaissance as widespread access to and emphasis on knowledge is spurring an environment ripe for creativity and discovery.
  • Wyoming museum uses 3D technology to create fossil, dinosaur replicas
    A geological museum in Wyoming is using 3D scanners and printers to make plastic replicas of dinosaur bones and fossils so they can send them around the world and further research on the pieces.
  • 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. - rob.lancefield rob.lancefield Oct 9, 2012 : more generally, Open Access Images from museum collections would be a wonderful and timely candidate for this report's 1-2 year window, now that there's a critical mass of programs in place from LACMA, NGA, NPG, Walters, Yale, and other forward-looking instigators, in the best sense of that word. - elka.weinstein elka.weinstein Oct 12, 2012 totally agree! - alex alex Oct 13, 2012 - susan.cairns susan.cairns Oct 13, 2012
  • Halsey Burgund: Scapes
    Scapes is a sound art installation that allows participants to walk around the deCordova Museum’s sculpture park listening to a mixture of a musical composition and voice commentary from previous participants all filtered and influenced by physical location. - elka.weinstein elka.weinstein Oct 12, 2012 really loved this idea of mixtures of audio/video and voice commentary layered over each other in such a peaceful place. - ssbautista ssbautista Oct 14, 2012 Yes, and how the music reflects the topography of the park.