MyMobileBristol and Nature Locator @ osjmob11

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MyMobileBristol and Nature Locator @ osjmob11

  1. 1. Nature Locator Mike Jones mike.a.jones@bristol.ac.uk @MrJ1971 #MyMobileBristol #NatureLocatorTuesday, 5 July 2011
  2. 2. Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) Established in 1996 ~50 staff working in R&D, consultancy, support and services Expertise in web application development, semantic web, linked data, mobile technologies, social software and data visualisation Provide an R&D role for IT Services at the University of BristolTuesday, 5 July 2011
  3. 3. Mobile Campus Assistant Started as a JISC funded ‘Rapid Innovation’ project 6 Month project with 1.1 FTEs, August to November, 2009 Further developed in the JISC funded MyMobileBristol project - collaboration with Bristol City Council (July 2010 to August 2011) Software available under a BSD-style licenseTuesday, 5 July 2011
  4. 4. Rationale http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonivc/2283676770 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nullalux/2261949240 What issues are there in providing a time and location sensitive application for students?Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  5. 5. Use Cases Where is the nearest open library? Where is the nearest available PC or wireless hotspot? What time is the next bus?Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  6. 6. Website or Native App? (not forgetting PhoneGap, Titanium etc.)Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  7. 7. Mobile WebTuesday, 5 July 2011
  8. 8. Mobile JISCTuesday, 5 July 2011
  9. 9. RSS XML HTML Harvest Harvester(s) Update RDF Store Harvesting data sourcesTuesday, 5 July 2011
  10. 10. RSS XML HTML Harvest JSON HTML RDF Harvester(s) Restful Interface Update Query RDF Store Querying the data storeTuesday, 5 July 2011
  11. 11. RSS XML HTML Harvest JSON HTML RDF Proxy Harvester(s) Restful Interface Proxy Update Query RDF Store If all else fails ... screen scrapeTuesday, 5 July 2011
  12. 12. RSS XML HTML Harvest JSON HTML RDF KML Proxy Harvester(s) SPARQL Restful Interface Endpoint Proxy Update Query RDF Store SPARQL Endpoint and Geo supportTuesday, 5 July 2011
  13. 13. RSS XML HTML Harvest JSON HTML RDF KML Proxy Harvester(s) SPARQL Restful Interface Endpoint Proxy Update Query Query Library LDAP System ? RDF Store Extensible RESTful interfaceTuesday, 5 July 2011
  14. 14. Technology Stack H2 Database Engine Jena Semantic Web Framework Jersey (JAX-RS Reference Imp lementation) Free Marker Template Language Apache Maven JEE Servlet Cont ainerTuesday, 5 July 2011
  15. 15. Native apps can use the dataTuesday, 5 July 2011
  16. 16. Issues about data Data is in silos Incomplete data Copyright and IPR issues Copy might not be appropriate for mobile http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian-s/2152798588 contextTuesday, 5 July 2011
  17. 17. Some Feedback Love this thanks for application. the work Really good ... Great work! Much needed.Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  18. 18. Walking TourTuesday, 5 July 2011
  19. 19. Shameless Plug Transferability Workshop 27 July 2011, Bristol Sessions on ‘Student Engagement’, ‘The Cultural Experience’, ‘Local Authority Engagement’ and other project outputs. http://bit.ly/kM48xPTuesday, 5 July 2011
  20. 20. Further Information Project Website: http://mymobilebristol.com Demonstrator: http://m.bristol.ac.uk Source code: https://github.com/ilrt/mcaTuesday, 5 July 2011
  21. 21. Nature Locator 10 Month Project (ends October 2011) JISC-funded - geospatial strand Supporting the Conker Tree Science project - Universities of Bristol and Hull Tracking the spread of an alien species - the leaf miner mothTuesday, 5 July 2011
  22. 22. Citizen Science Members of the public help locate damage caused by an alien species - leaf miner moth http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannongod/ In 2010 ... (i) Observe evidence of infestation and complete an online form (ii) place a leaf in a plastic wallet and identify insects emerge ... moths and predators Photo by Dave KilbyTuesday, 5 July 2011
  23. 23. 2010 Results 2700 people submitted results Improbable results in survey data: other diseases mis- identified Photographic evidence needed to verify those results. How do we obtain, store and manage submitted data?Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  24. 24. Technical Solution ... HTML 5, CSS3, JavaScript + access to native APIs Need to access the phone’s camera Targeted iPhone and Android first - option to add support for others devices http://www.phonegap.com/Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  25. 25. Photos + Geo-Location Image + metadata Google App Engine High Replication DatastoreTuesday, 5 July 2011
  26. 26. On the App Store + Market Search for: ‘Leaf Watch’Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  27. 27. Feedback ... ‘Easy to use, quite ‘Just used app. Seems self explanatory’ very easy to use’ ‘It is workable, and usable; functional. But it doesnt leave me with a sense of elegance, and grace of delight and pleasure. Which is what Apple keep banging on about, and everyone else gives a resigned sigh.’Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  28. 28. Next Stage Look at approaches to crowd source the data verification ... mobile game? Visualisation tools? Illustrate the spread of the moth. http://www.flickr.com/photos/37539972@N06/3913505623/Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  29. 29. Further Information http://www.ourweboflife.org.uk/ http://naturelocator.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/Tuesday, 5 July 2011
  30. 30. Thanks :-)Tuesday, 5 July 2011

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