Treading out Technology theory meets praxis during a thousand mile walk round Wales
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Treading out Technology: theory meets praxis during a thousand mile walk round Wales

Swansea Nov 2012

In 2012 I will be walking around Wales following the Wales Coast Path that opened this year and Offa's Dyke long distance path up the borders. This is partly a personal journey reconnecting with the country of my childhood, but also a technological journey investigating the IT needs of the walker and the local communities through which I pass. Some of this will be mundane technologically speaking, but hopefully transformative in practice. However, I also expect to be pushed to the limits cartographically and theoretically. In particular, aspects of Semantic Web and the odd Galois Connection will be essential parts of the need to synchronise data between heterogeneous sources and following disconnection.



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  • 1. Treading out Technology theory meets praxis during athousand mile walk round Wales Alan Dix Talis& University of Birmingham
  • 2. University of Birmingham TireeTiree Tech Wave Talis 14-18 March ’13 (TBC)
  • 3. today I am not talking about …• intelligent internet interfaces• visualisation and sampling• situated displays, eCampus, small device – large display interactions• fun and games, virtual crackers, artistic performance, slow time• physicality and product design• creativity and Bad Ideas• modelling dreams and regret
  • 4. … or even lots of lights http:/
  • 5. what I will talk about ...... Alan Walks Wales ... context vision inspirations challenges invitation
  • 6. context Wales coast path Tiree
  • 7. Welsh Coast Pathopened May 2012linking existing pathsa single way marked routewith Offa’s Dyke encircles Walestwo full traversals in 2012 (one running)
  • 8. About Tiree 750 residents 20,000 summer visitors poor mobile phone coverage
  • 9. Tireeat the edges ... 750 people, 20 square miles, 4 hour ferryTiree Tech Wave for the attendee and for the communityTiree Mobile Heritage later ...
  • 10. vision Alan Walks Wales why and what for
  • 11. Alan Walks WalesApril/May – July 2012complete peripluswith IT focus
  • 12. visionpersonal encircling, encompassing, pilgrimage, homecoming,practical IT for the walker & IT for local communitiesphilosophical reflections on walking and space, locality and identityresearch personal agenda and living lab
  • 13. inspirations paths and patches marginality and the electronic village shop Tiree mobile archive mobile connectivity and data synchronisation
  • 14. at the marginssocial marginality: poor, old, ruralinformation marginality: poor connectivity, old devicesIT deepens the divide ... but can IT help in the margins?
  • 15. IT in the marginslessons from the developing world hole in the wall, Matt  simple SMS www.hole-in-the-wall.coman old dream ... the electronic village shopwhat now?
  • 16. An IodhlannTiree Historical Centrefounded 1992housed in old ‘reading room’ 12,000 catalogued items maps, land records, photos, audio tapes, ... staffed by volunteers and P/T archivist
  • 17. cultural heritage problem information at An Iodhlann not on the ground in the island 20,000 summer visitors to Tiree only ~ 1000 pa enter An Iodhlann ... and demographic ... mature ...
  • 18. idea! ... mobile accessoffer information to people, where they are, on the ground better availability for those who already visit An Iodhlannnew availability forthose who don’t attract fresh visitorsesp. younger! into An Iodhlann
  • 19. challenges ... density of visitorsEdinburgh Castle Tiree crowds => no special installations no guides on the ground
  • 20. challenges ... mobile signal! cannot stream data => downloaded app => limited content good news – no hills, no buildings => GPS good 
  • 21. design solution preparation and reminiscence when WiFi connected @ hotel/B&B and @ home
  • 22. technical solution – datacentric web data services mobile apps. other forms ...1010011010... of novel ...00101101... interaction REST, JSON, SPARQL, RDF digital (LOD) linked humanities open data
  • 23. challenges technical interactional social
  • 24. mapsreclaiming the local map within technological spacemapping never easier ... so long as it is ‘standard’ “Post-Renaissance maps cover the surface of the world with an homogeneous Cartesian grip” Barbara Bender local maps – local concerns
  • 25. linear maps too
  • 26. linear maps too
  • 27. maps – issuescoordinate transforms – rubber sheetingtransitions – morph or discontinuouslinking trails and localitiesauthoring and data
  • 28. always connected?mobile signal absent or weakbroadband ... not so broad=> offline access and synchronisation
  • 29. data synchronisationwell studied in early 1990s for disconnected operation and synchronous editing... but still poorly implemented e.g. Apple iOSalmost always items are: homogeneous independent
  • 30. data integratonmashups, APIs, RDF,linked data, ingest ... or relate? ... heterogeneity
  • 31. syncing heterogeneous dataproblem of lossinessone solution – create the über format :-/ fexploit neo-Galois connectionsfogof = f gofog = g g
  • 32. P.S. is Welsh coast fractal ... coast length (log miles) ruler length (log miles)
  • 33. P.S. is Welsh coast fractal ... oops!
  • 34. invitation community connections walk with me living lab