by Mitch Maxson
Whether it’s planning next year’s strategy, thinking about next weekend’s schedule, or exploring the next breakthrough technology, it seems that the pace at which we’re moving forward leaves little time to look to the past. Meanwhile, we each leave in our wake an absurd footprint of information–photos, videos, emails, text messages, voicemails, tweets, blog comments, product reviews, transaction histories, GPS coordinates, grumpy passive-aggressive notes to neighbors, and so on. Will these tidbits of tedium mixed with occasional moments of brilliance become our legacies?
How will history adapt to remember those of us from this age when so much information is being created and shared? It’s just one of many topics discussed during the “Digital Museum” class I recently led at the Seminar for Historical Administration, hosted by the Indiana Historical Society.
Here’s the presentation:
With access to more and more information available online, some museums will seize the opportunity to extend their expertise to an ever wider audience while others will relegate themselves to an ever diminishing status quo.
Five years from today, will you be more or less engaged with what museums have to offer?