Museum Technology Resources
The Texas Association of Museums is embarking on a series of initiatives aimed at improving the digital readiness and advancement of museums and cultural institutions. On this page, you will find links to key documents guiding our thinking and produced by our work.
Digital Transformation: An Assessment of Grants Supporting Digital Staff in Museums
In early 2018, The Knight Foundation provided grant funding to support the creation of digital roles at eight museums in communities where Knight operates. Since then, those positions have made significant contributions to their institutions, and even more so when COVID-19 limited in-person visits.
In 2021, The Foundation produced the report: “Digital Transformation: An Assessment of Grants Supporting Digital Staff in Museums", a mid-stream assessment of these grants to better understand the museums’ journey and what other institutions might consider when shaping similar roles.
Culture at a Crossroads: Digital Transformation in the Age of COVID-19
This report draws on the views of 120 professionals at museums, libraries, galleries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world to explore digital strategies and priorities during one of the most challenging operating environments in the sector’s history.
TrendsWatch: Navigating a Disrupted Future
TrendsWatch is the Center for the Future of Museum’s annual forecasting report. For 2021, the Alliance’s forecasting report issues museums must attend to right now, to minimize harm to their communities and ensure their own survival The report explores:
- Redressing racial inequity
- Essential technologies for surviving the pandemic
- Caring for the most vulnerable in a time of crisis
- The impact of COVID-19 on higher education
- The vital role of strategic foresight in museum planning
Access the full report from the 2021 TrendsWatch homepage.
The NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Museum Edition
The Horizon Project was an initiative by the New Media Consortium (NMC) to chart emerging technologies for teaching and learning. Its objective was to help educators and thought leaders across the world build upon the innovation happening at their institutions by providing them with expert research and analysis. It was launched in 2002 by Laurence F. Johnson, CEO of NMC, and published several reports online detailing trends in the usage of technology in education until the nonprofit ceased operation in late 2017.
The NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Museum Edition was the last museum publication and TAM's Executive Director, Alex Freeman, served as editor and lead author on that report.