Presentation on theme: "Peoples Collection Wales / Placebooks development Tom Pert, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales Dr Alan Chamberlain, University."— Presentation transcript:
Peoples Collection Wales / Placebooks development Tom Pert, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales Dr Alan Chamberlain, University of Nottingham
Peoples Collection Wales? An online, multimedia, multi-platform web- service providing bilingual content created by Welsh museums, archives and libraries and user-generated content on Welsh cultural heritage.
Economic value of heritage & recreation Welsh Historic Environment supports 30,000 jobs contributes approx. £840m to Welsh economy. Walking contributes around £548 million to the Welsh economy each year (Ramblers Cymru). Why not combine the two?
PCW Trails Trails are the item-type that most clearly illustrate the possibilities for linking online cultural-heritage resources with tourism and community engagement.
User-generated trail creation using online TrailBuilder tool
Free Trails Cymru app for iPhone & Android
Visit Wales i-frame provides visitor information relevant to the spatial context of trail.
Problems Maps & media are not cached – app needs network to operate properly
3G network coverage BestWorst
Problems Maps & media are not cached – app needs network to operate correctly Problems supporting updated software platforms Unable to offer level of flexibility requested by key user groups Moderation
Solutions Use flexible 3 rd party tools that cache trail route, maps and media... Placebooks!
WHAT IS PLACEBOOKS? place.books |pleys books| verb [trans.] 1. To create books; to narrate or describe a place you live in or wish to visit. 2. To make books using digital media.
EACH ELEMENT CAN BE GEO-LOCATED ON THE MAP - BOOK HAS A LOCATION OVERVIEW OF THE EDITOR
SHARING BOOKS Share published material Share rights – group publishing Sharing encourages feedback!
SEARCHING FOR BOOKS
MOBILE APP For Android and iPad
WHAT THE MOBILE APP DOES A tool for accessing placebooks while on the go and being able to use features in the wild, in areas without any data connectivity.
FEATURES Downloaded books Access your online shelf Search for nearby books
NAVIGATING THROUGH BOOKS Scroll up and down Swipe left and right between pages
INTERACTING WITH IMAGES
INTERACTING WITH VIDEO
INTERACTING WITH MAPS - YAH marker (red pointer) tracks where you are on the map - Geotagged media items can be opened by clicking on their icons (orange camera icons) - Cached OS Maps
IPAD VIDEO DEMO
WHAT NEXT? Bilingual PCW hosted & branded version of Placebooks available to service users PCW maps (including historic maps) incorporated into Placebooks system Internationalise - European languages Work with more partners Launch on 3 rd July – Royal Geographical Society
Abstract Placebooks and the Peoples Collection of Wales Dr Alan Chamberlain, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham New developments in mobile, location and sensor-based or ubiquitous computing now make it possible for users to move beyond the urban fringes. They herald the expansion of computing from cities into rural locations that have long been marginalised due to the limitations of existing technology. Current digital mapping services largely focus on urban environments with many systems offering rich street views of urban settings, but such views of rural space are largely absent. Placebooks is a toolkit that allows people to create and share community-based maps that reflect their interests and concerns. For example, users are able to sketch routes of their favourite pathways through the countryside. GPS data and community content, relevant to different points on their route, can then augment these routes. Tags and content can also be added to other users routes, adding to the overall body of knowledge. We will be giving a brief introduction to the project followed by a demonstration of the system. For more information This work was supported by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) [grant number – EP/I001816/1]