Charles Booth Survey of London and the PhoneBooth project


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Two LSE Library projects discussed at the ALISS AGM may 2013 by Ed Fay LSE Digital library manage

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Charles Booth Survey of London and the PhoneBooth project

  1. 1. Charles Booth Survey of London• Charles Booth: systematic investigation of livingand working conditions in London, 1886-1903– Maps, Descriptive of London Poverty 1898-9– Police notebooks: eye-witness, street-by-street observations
  2. 2. PhoneBooth = Booth + smartphones
  3. 3. PhoneBooth = Booth + smartphones• Library and Department of Geography– 2nd/3rd year undergraduate course• Walks built into app, with podcasts• What about streets that no longer exist? Need an overlay• Photos/ sketches available, combine with other resources• Link to census data (ie animated graphs from the economist)• Link to crime maps• Link to Mayhew• Access handwritten/ transcribed records – issue with legibility, should be able to access both• Be able to access data in different ways / categorise the contents• Stations and transport• Audio quotes of choice passages, to switch to audio as you walk• Make maps also available on line for those without phone, able to print out etc• ‘on this day’ quotes• Street view (where you can hold your phone up and overlay a picture with what is currently there…)• Alternative to street view, be able to toggle back and forth with google earth – you can easily see what is there now• Things that still exist as they were in that time – ie pubs –Booth pub crawl• Alert system that sends you a message when you pass something of interest – tag alerts• Create your own map and save it, publish it not only to homepage but also facebook, other social media• Users can interact with each other – can see popularity of certain places or entries, other users comments and the ability to add links andetc augmenting the info with additional sources• Second class used the example of YELP, user comments can be pasted, could see level of interest of that particular entry or location• For comments, should be able to make public or keep private and save them• Ability to save your maps, journal entries, notes – email to self• Alternative is to be able to bookmark things via a login process, 2nd class didn’t see either as preferable
  4. 4. PhoneBooth
  5. 5. PhoneBooth
  6. 6. Index of Multiple Deprivation (2010)Index of Multiple Deprivation (2010)Department of Communities and Local GovernmentVisualisation by Oliver O’BrienCentre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL
  7. 7. Index of Multiple Deprivation (2010)
  8. 8. Index of Multiple Deprivation (2010)