Presentation on theme: "People’s Collection Wales / Placebooks development"— Presentation transcript:
1 People’s Collection Wales / Placebooks development Tom Pert, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of WalesDr Alan Chamberlain, University of Nottingham
2 People’s 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.
4 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?
5 PCW TrailsTrails are the item-type that most clearly illustrate the possibilities for linking online cultural-heritage resources with tourism and community engagement.
6 User-generated trail creation using online TrailBuilder tool
17 ProblemsMaps & media are not cached – app needs network to operate correctlyProblems supporting updated software platformsUnable to offer level of flexibility requested by key user groupsModeration
18 SolutionsUse flexible 3rd party tools that cache trail route, maps and media...Placebooks!
19 WHAT IS PLACEBOOKS? place.books |pleys books| 1. To create 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.Quick Summary of what placebooks is
27 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.
28 FEATURES Downloaded books Access your online shelf search nearby books based on activity type and/or distance from where you are. All books that you download go into your download tabDownloadedbooksAccess your online shelfSearch for nearby books
29 NAVIGATING THROUGH BOOKS Scroll up and downSwipe left and right between pages
34 WHAT NEXT?Bilingual PCW hosted & branded version of Placebooks available to service usersPCW maps (including historic maps) incorporated into Placebooks systemInternationalise - European languagesWork with more partnersLaunch on 3rd July – Royal Geographical Society
35 Abstract Placebooks and the People’s Collection of Wales Dr Alan Chamberlain, Mixed Reality Lab, University of NottinghamNew 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 informationThis work was supported by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) [grant number – EP/I001816/1]Abstract