We are all beholden to technologists for their diligent efforts to improve museums. Notwithstanding extraordinary progress in this field over the course of a very few years, there are two incontrovertible facts about the proliferation of information technology since the 1990s: 1) developing proprietary solutions has been consistently shown to yield short-term pride but long-term problems, and 2) even jointly engineered solutions to any informatics challenge are destined to have a brief shelf life.