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What would a 10,000 year museum look like?
Elizabeth Merritt    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CFM hopes the Long Now Foundation's Rosetta Project and Clock of the Long Now will get museums thinking about truly long term preservation. Video and commentary from Futurist Friday on the CFM Blog.

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Win-win-win solution: Trend benefits artists, museums, public
The Portland Press Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The increase in wealth of post-World War II artists in America has resulted in a large jump in the number of artist-endowed foundations. Increasingly, artists in Maine and across the country are creating foundations to steward art collections and archives, contribute work to museums, operate artist residency programs and conduct cultural and educational programs. More

Modern zoos could be creating a new kind of animal: Wild by nature, shaped by captivity
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Zoos have historically been museums of animals, aimed at building a collection of the most rare and exotic species. But for about the past 30 years, zoos have radically overhauled their philosophies and policies, transforming how their animals live and how they are seen by the public. More

Art of the Family Vacation

This national research project explores the interests and behaviors of families traveling with children. What do they seek? How do they plan? Why do they go? Key findings include a segmentation of families with children of different ages and genders. Learn More.

An intervention for tech addicts
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Not surprisingly, a nation of tech addicts has created a niche market: Digital vacations. Luxury hotels in the Cayman Islands, British Columbia and Hawaii offer fancy packages for those looking to unplug. Even urban hotels will take your smart phone away for digital liberation. Now a California Bay Area company called Digital Detox offers a website, and off-the-grid weekends for around a dozen paying guests at a time. ♦ This new company illustrates the desire for "respite and retreat" discussed in CFM's report Museums & Society 2034: Trends & Potential Futures. More

Social impact investing catches on in the US
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This article documents a new trend in social investing that is gaining some favor with cash-strapped states and communities: Looking to private investors to help pay for badly needed social services programs. This new approach employs the sale of philanthropic bonds and involves local governments partnering with non-for-profits and private investors in deals that require a government only to payout if a social services group can meet a specified performance goal. ♦ Could social investing begin to replace direct government support for museums? And what would the performance goals be? More

Xicato® powered LED track luminaires

Coming this fall! At 2000 lumens Artima LED O and Artima LED W will pack the punch of a 100-watt HIR PAR-38 lamp. MORE
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Augmented reality video portrays future full of gamification
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Israeli student filmmakers Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz have created an 8-minute video as a graduation project, predicting what they think the future could look like if AR is left to expand freely and rapidly. Called "Sight," the short film is a stark and slightly creepy look into the life of a man who's placed an Augmented Reality in between himself and actual, real reality, via retinal implants.
8 minute video.

Tips to Successful Facilities Management

Want to know how to better manage your staff? Wonder how you can make the client process smoother? Join JCA for a free webinar filled with new ideas to help facilities management professionals better manage today’s busy arts & cultural institutions. For more details call 888-446-4588. MORE


At Miami zoo, iPad system improves human-animal communication    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trainers at Jungle Island in Miami are using an iPad app initially developed for use with autistic children, which provides visual prompts selected by touch. The primates are encouraged to select the food they want from images shown on the iPad, or more importantly let handlers know the location of pain when in distress. The zoo hopes to develop the current app further for use with the public, so visitors will be able to interact with the animals. ♦ "If we could talk to the animals" indeed. More

New installation at Vatican museums: 2 priests
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Starting in August the Vatican is making two priests available to museum visitors, whether they are looking for spiritual advice or more basic iconographic information about the subject matter of a work of art. More

Cultural R&D is not without risk, but we learn most
from the difficulties

The Guardian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture is a pilot project to connect technology companies, cultural institutions and researchers who would not otherwise work together; test how technologies can widen and deepen audience engagement; provide a 'safe space' for organizations to experiment with technologies; and disseminate the lessons, data and research findings so that organizations not directly participating in the fund would benefit. ♦ The eight pilot projects include experiments with mobile ticketing and crowd curation. More

Technical innovations shed new light on archaeology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new digital system that makes thousands of important fieldwork documents freely accessible to scholars and the public has received a British Archaeological Award for Innovation in recognition of its potential to transform research. Fieldwork documents known as Grey Literature are unpublished by traditional means, despite often dealing with archaeology of huge value and significance. Thanks to technical innovations developed by the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York, they are now freely available online to any user through the Grey Literature Library using a classified and map based search mechanism, the ADS 'ArchSearch' interface. More

Tools for the Future

10 insane things you didn't know 3-D printers could do
The Creators Project    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Heads up: in 20 years, you'll wake up and download the shoes you're planning to wear while brushing your teeth. Then, you'll walk to the kitchen to eat the breakfast burrito your burrito robot made you. Finally, you'll head out the front door of your house — an all-plastic abode made out of recycled plastic. Oh wait — actually, you could do that right now. Because the insane technology for all this already exists.
Yes, I know we cover 3-D printing all the time, but this just gets weirder and weirder.

Measuring well-being on a street near you
New Economics Foundation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At a time when many people will be thinking "how the heck do they come up with these figures?" the New Economics Foundation thought it would make sense to create a guide to measuring well-being which was accessible to all. It is particularly aimed at people and organizations running projects and interventions likely to impact on people's well-being. More

A pre-fab sustainable village to create smart growth
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a collaborative effort to create a village that redefines rural poverty relief, researchers from the U.S. and Malaysia have come together to build a high-tech, self-sustaining community northeast of Kuala Lumpur. With 100 energy-efficient homes and a closed-loop agricultural system that provides not only food for its residents but a surplus for them to sell, the project architects believe the village could be a model for villages around the world. More

Scientists invent paper LEDs
SmartPlanet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists have discovered how LED lighting can be printed onto paper using nanotechnology, making futuristic novelties such as glowing wallpaper and luminescent curtains possible, Sweden's Linköping University says. ♦ And perhaps expand the options for elegant exhibit lighting. More

Dispatches from the Future of Museums
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