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Titanic, The Halifax Connection      www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/titanicAlison Ambi: @futurecuriousHalifax Public Librar...
Background• Port and city of Halifax actively involved in  recovery efforts after Titanic sank on 15  April 1912• Left a l...
Project    Documents     & Images                                            Locations in                       Mobile Geo...
A Community Effort• Kelli WooShue, Emerging Technologies Manager, Halifax Public Libraries• Nova Scotia Archives, Maritime...
Books!
1912 Newspapers
1912 City Directory
Maps   HRM Archives - Map of City and Harbour of Halifax, NS (1910)
Church Documents
Photographs Nova Scotia Archives
Free Mobile Geolocation Tools      Google Maps      Foursquare      Layar (+ Poistr)
Google Maps & Earth• Determining Coordinates• Collation• Website Version     • Link: http://goo.gl/maps/9w5w
Google Maps & EarthFeatures & Limitations•   Mobile-friendly (works better on Android)•   Widely used and well indexed by ...
Foursquare• Location-Based Social Network (Check-In App)• Others:  – Yelp  – Google Local/Latitude  – Facebook Places (Gow...
FoursquareFeatures & Limitations• Verging on mainstream• Lists• Serendipitous location-based discovery• Game element & “ch...
Foursquare
Foursquare
Foursquare
Foursquare
(Flickr)
Layar• Augmented Reality Browser (linking electronic data to the real world)• Others  – Wikitude  – Junaio
LayarFeatures & Limitations•   Not yet widely used•   More challenging to implement (Poistr)•   Limited caption length, bu...
Layar
Layar
Layar
Evaluation• Enormous public & media interest• Tracking – difficult to compare use figures  – Google Map: 62 569 views  – F...
Future of Mobile GIS/AR Apps• More wide-spread consumer adoption• Location become a standard, integral part  of most apps•...
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Titanic, The Halifax Connection

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Anticipating a spike in Titanic-related questions, reference librarians at the public library researched Halifax’s Titanic connections in advance of the 2012 centenary. A number of sites in the city with Titanic significance were identified, and various historic documents, maps, directories and photographs were used to pin-point their current-day locations. Recent advances in mobile technology enabled a novel approach to compiling the information for the public. A mobile-friendly self-guided tour was developed using a variety of social media and location-based apps including Google Maps, Foursquare, Flickr and Layar. These tools allowed us to capitalize on the geolocation and mapping capabilities of the powerful little computers people carry around with them, without the need for significant technical expertise on our part. By presenting history in geographic context we hoped to enhance the experience for users and bring to life the role our city played in the tragic events of 1912.

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  1. 1. Titanic, The Halifax Connection www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/titanicAlison Ambi: @futurecuriousHalifax Public Libraries: @hfxpublib
  2. 2. Background• Port and city of Halifax actively involved in recovery efforts after Titanic sank on 15 April 1912• Left a legacy of grave sites, artifacts, documents & stories about people and places in the city
  3. 3. Project Documents & Images Locations in Mobile Geolocation Halifax, 2012 Stories from 1912 – People & Events • Budget: $0
  4. 4. A Community Effort• Kelli WooShue, Emerging Technologies Manager, Halifax Public Libraries• Nova Scotia Archives, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, St. Paul’s Church
  5. 5. Books!
  6. 6. 1912 Newspapers
  7. 7. 1912 City Directory
  8. 8. Maps HRM Archives - Map of City and Harbour of Halifax, NS (1910)
  9. 9. Church Documents
  10. 10. Photographs Nova Scotia Archives
  11. 11. Free Mobile Geolocation Tools  Google Maps  Foursquare  Layar (+ Poistr)
  12. 12. Google Maps & Earth• Determining Coordinates• Collation• Website Version • Link: http://goo.gl/maps/9w5w
  13. 13. Google Maps & EarthFeatures & Limitations• Mobile-friendly (works better on Android)• Widely used and well indexed by Google• Allows long captions and easy hyperlinking• User can compare their location to Points of Interest (POIs) on the map• Users must know the map exists (no serendipitous location-based discovery mechanism)
  14. 14. Foursquare• Location-Based Social Network (Check-In App)• Others: – Yelp – Google Local/Latitude – Facebook Places (Gowalla)
  15. 15. FoursquareFeatures & Limitations• Verging on mainstream• Lists• Serendipitous location-based discovery• Game element & “check-in specials”• Very limited captions & hyperlinking
  16. 16. Foursquare
  17. 17. Foursquare
  18. 18. Foursquare
  19. 19. Foursquare
  20. 20. (Flickr)
  21. 21. Layar• Augmented Reality Browser (linking electronic data to the real world)• Others – Wikitude – Junaio
  22. 22. LayarFeatures & Limitations• Not yet widely used• More challenging to implement (Poistr)• Limited caption length, but• Allows hyperlinking, embedding media, triggering device functions (phone calls)• Most sophisticated feature (superimposing historical on current-day images) requires budget>$0
  23. 23. Layar
  24. 24. Layar
  25. 25. Layar
  26. 26. Evaluation• Enormous public & media interest• Tracking – difficult to compare use figures – Google Map: 62 569 views – Foursquare: 74 friends, 21 saved the list – Layar: …• Worthwhile learning experience for us!
  27. 27. Future of Mobile GIS/AR Apps• More wide-spread consumer adoption• Location become a standard, integral part of most apps• Smart Cities• AR in education (e.g. Augmented Reality Sandbox)• An AR project to watch: Google’s Project Glass (concept stage)

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