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Safety First: How museums can embrace cyber-security opportunities and risks with open arms.

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Museum magazine. In late 2016, the ride-sharing service giant Uber suffered a data breach that potentially exposed the …

Becoming a Data Startup – Part III, Goals

Greetings to all you budding data startups! Thanks for checking out this next installment in our series. In this post, we’ll finally be getting some of the ways that we can build data …

Becoming a Data Startup – Part 2

It’s time again for our next installment of Becoming a Data Startup! For those of you who read along in our last post, you learned some simple tips and tricks for formatting your data that …

Becoming a Data Startup – Part 1

Have you ever wished you could visualize and analyze some of your museum’s data, but weren’t quite sure how to start? Maybe you’re a museum person who is comfortable with technology, but …

Futurist Friday: The Science of Prediction

Hey museum futurists, this is just a quick note to point you towards a great long read: the February issue of Science magazine, which is devoted to prediction.The issue kicks off with a …

Taking A Fresh Look At Provenance

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Museum magazine. Pursuing a future in which provenance research and data are efficient, accessible, and equitable. Museums …

The “Open” Economy: Filling The Data Pipeline

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2015 edition of Museum magazine. A sample of TrendsWatch 2015. “‘Open’ is already on track to supplant ‘participatory’ as buzzword of the …

Futurist Friday: A Graphic Look at Big Data and Privacy

Sometimes, in this job, I get dang tired of reading. That’s one reason I so often feature videos in Friday’s periodic glimpse of the future. Next best thing to video? …

Monday Musing: Data Epiphanies

Today’s musing is sparked by an article in Forbes about a taxi company in Stockholm that devised a brilliant way to link the data generated by all its rides with other geospatial data …

Keeping up with the 2014 Trends: Big Data

This is the second midyear update on the CFM report TrendsWatch 2014. Last week I week I reviewed recent developments related to “For-profit For Good”—the rise of social entrepreneurs. This …

The Future of the Museum Store

In April, I had the pleasure of giving a talk at the MuseumStore Association conference in Houston. My hosts invited me to exploring how, in the future, stores might play a more integrated …

Museums… So What?

In August last year, the ethicist and contemporary philosopher Peter Singer wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times that struck a nerve with me and with many in the arts community …
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