For those who haven’t yet heard, the New Media Consortium announced yesterday that they are in liquidation and going through bankruptcy proceedings. The New Media Consortium are the group famed for their Horizon Report series, and there are Horizon Reports in progress which some fear will not be completed or released because of these unanticipated financial challenges.
Official MailChimp announcement (this does not yet appear on the NMC blog or news feed): http://mailchi.mp/nmc/nmc-to-cease-operations
Library Journal: InfoDocket: New Media Consortium is Ending All Operations Immediately, Organization is Insolvent
Campus Technology: New Media Consortium Suddenly Ceases Operations
Bryan Alexander: The New Media Consortium: its sudden death and what comes next
As Larry Johnson says on Facebook, “Words escape me. … So oppressively sad.” The words reverberating through my social media streams include “in shock,” “reeling,” “stunned,” with some asking is this a hoax, and others saying they heard it from someone there.
For my part, it’s been an annual tradition here to schedule meetings in which we do a deep dive into the Horizon Report for Higher Education, and there have been a number of years in which this has been extended to a number of other NMC reports, or multiple meetings because one just wasn’t enough. The Horizon Report is always so rich, you see! Some years, we would have a meeting each month, to dig into one aspect at a time of the tech discussed in the report. It’s been truly fascinating. I’m so sorry, NMC. You will be truly, deeply missed.