Quantified Self

Tuesday, January 13 2015 3:15 – 4:30 pm

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Quantified self describes the phenomenon of consumers being able to closely track data that is relevant to their everyday lives through the use of technology. The emergence of wearable devices on the market such as watches, wristbands, and necklaces that are designed to automatically collect data are helping people manage their fitness, sleep cycles, and eating habits. Mobile apps also share a central role in this idea by providing easy-to-read dashboards for consumers to view and analyze their personal metrics. Empowered by these insights, many individuals now rely on these technologies to improve their lifestyle and health. Today’s apps not only track where a person goes, what they do, and how much time they spend doing it, but now what their aspirations are and when those can be accomplished. Novel devices, too, are enabling people to track their lives automatically, such as the Memoto, a camera worn around the neck that is designed to capture an image every half minute. As more people rely on their mobile devices to monitor their daily activities, data is becoming a larger part of everyday life.

Elizabeth Merritt

Elizabeth Merritt, American Alliance of Museums
(M.A. Duke, B.S. Yale, University of Houston Futures Studies Certificate Course). In 2008, Merritt was charged by the American Alliance of Museums with creating the Center for the Future of Museums to help museums understand the cultural, political, economic, environmental, and technological trends shaping the world, and explore innovative ways to help their communities thrive in coming decades. Prior to CFM, Merritt led the Alliance’s standards & research programs—she also has 15 years’ experience in museum administration, curation and collections management. Her areas of expertise include futures studies, museum standards and best practices, ethics, collections management and planning, and assessment of nonprofit performance. Her books include “National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums” and the “AAM Guide to Collections Planning.” She blogs for CFM at futureofmuseums.blogspot.com and tweets as @futureofmuseums.

Marsha Semmel

Marsha Semmel, Marsha Semmel Consulting
Marsha L. Semmel is an independent consultant working with foundations, museums, libraries, and various cultural organizations on learning (including early learning), leadership, philanthropy trends, 21st century skills, strategic partnerships and collaborations, and cultural policy.
She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Noyce Leadership Institute (NLI), where she is a core member of NLI executive leadership team, contributing regularly as faculty member for current fellows, providing consultation and support to NLI alumni and sponsors, and serve as internal expert for short-term projects and issues, including work with the Noyce Foundation and other organizations. She is also Senior Advisor, the SENCER-ISE, a partnership project of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.
Semmel’s career has included stints at the major U.S. cultural agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), where from 2003-2013, she served as the agency’s first director for strategic partnerships, deputy director for the Office of Museum Services, and, from March 2010 through January 2011, acting IMLS director. At IMLS, Semmel forged and oversaw partnerships with other federal agencies, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. She played a formative role in Connecting to Collections, created the agency’s initiative Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills; spearheaded a partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for teen-focused “learning labs” in libraries and museums; and led an early learning partnership with the private Campaign for Grade-Level Reading that included a policy report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, and related funding opportunities. In addition, she played a pivotal role in two international museum/library gatherings co-convened by IMLS and the Salzburg Global Forum: Connecting to the World’s Collections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of Our Cultural Heritage and Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture.
From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Semmel was president and CEO of the Women of the West Museum, in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that, she was president and CEO of Conner Prairie, a living-history museum near Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1984 to 1996, she worked at the National Endowment for the Humanities, a US Federal cultural agency in Washington, DC, where, from 1993 to 1996, she was director of the Division of Public Programs, which supported humanities projects in museums, libraries, and public media.
Semmel has worked at the Smithsonian Institution; the B’nai B’rith National Jewish Museum, in Washington DC; and The Taft Museum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1979, she was a fellow in the Museums Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums, the Colorado Digitization Program, the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC), ArtTable, and the Council of American Jewish Museums. She also serves on the program committee for Generations United, an organization promoting programs and policies stimulating intergenerational cooperation and collaboration.

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