What are Networked Objects?


As long as there have been museums, their mission has been to preserve and conserve our collective cultural heritage. Preservation refers to the protection of important objects, artifacts, and documents; conservation is the science of maintaining objects in as close to their original form as possible. As technology evolves, archivists and conservators have encountered a steady stream of new challenges in both of these tasks. Digital objects can be as delicate as ancient objects, requiring special care, and changing technologies puts these digital items at great risk. Cultural works that are time-based add a level of complexity in the quest for preservation, due to the added consideration of the artist's intent, or context, or movement. Understanding and preserving how media is intended to be experienced while maintaining the integrity of its cultural identity encompasses a number of a considerations such as conservation ethics, legal agreements, availability of mechanical and/or digital materials, and historical scholarship. While museums have long employed specialists in artifact preservation, today new professionals are needed who understand digital and time-based media, and can address preservation and conservation challenges not only from physical, but artistic, cultural, engineering, electronic, and other multi-disciplinary perspectives.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Internet of Everything - Anastasios.A.ECONOMIDES Anastasios.A.ECONOMIDES Oct 21, 2015 Internet of Things (IoT) is the worldwide Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure that will support ubiquitous services among interacting beings, objects, data and applications. In IoT, everyone and everything (humans, animals, plants, wearables, appliances, vehicles, machines, etc.) will carry sensors and/or actuators that will be interconnected via networks. Various services and applications that will use and exploit the communicated information will support users and organizations. Using the IoT, students, teachers, administrators and anyone involved in education will access, process, interact, and create knowledge, educational objects, resources, etc. resulting to advanced educational experiences and learning opportunities - Anastasios.A.ECONOMIDES Anastasios.A.ECONOMIDES Oct 21, 2015 Most definitely, IoT brings some interesting applications to the design of learning experiences. It will be interesting to see how as learners go about their lives visiting museums, conducting research on topics of their interest and passion out in the field, as well as interact with experts/tutors live and virtual, the environment is designed to automatically recommend/trigger personalized experiences that are accounted for credit if the learner decides to add it to his/her educational accomplishments and pedigree. Certainly a shift in how we operate in terms of time and space as we know it today at the academy. No more semesters, no more space constraints within the physical campus, or the digital bounds of an LMS. Will there be a beginning and an end point to legitimize a student’s learning journey or will it be fluid in which each waypost is valued for the accomplishments or breakthroughs the learner has made regardless of place and time? - francisca francisca Oct 25, 2015 I would also add a term increasingly being used (in my circles anyway!) The Internet of Everything - people, data, process and things - DaveP DaveP Oct 25, 2015 - francisca francisca Oct 25, 2015Yet another term which I am not yet kin to but heard is the Internet of Learning Things (http://clwb.org/2013/08/21/internet-of-learning-things/). One challenge I've found is isolating education-specific IoT uses. Too many instances seem removed from the classroom: linked refrigerators, cars, jewelry, furniture, etc. Wearable computing might be one solid way forward.- bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Oct 25, 2015 [Editor's Note: We retired the former Horizon topic "Internet of Things" and now we have "Networked Objects," but these are all good insights. I like the idea of fusing it all into "Internet of Everything."]
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?

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