Mobile Computing: QR Codes & Cloud Apps


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  • See QR codes popping up everywhere with a lot of interesting, innovative applications…both in and out of the library…we will talk about some of both and then take some time to create our own…Here’s a QR code example that….(insert advertising example pic)
  • A QR code (short for Quick Response) is a type of barcode that contains data that can be read by the camera on a phone. Most smartphones today come with software that allows you to download a QR code reader to it. For instance, the iPhone has the iTunes store where you can download ‘apps’ or applications for your phone. Once you download a QR code reader, the camera on the phone acts like a scanner and the camera “reads” the barcode. Unlike a typical barcode, additional information can be embedded into this code.
  • In recent years, I think that this has sort of become something we've been hearing about more oftenmostly because the ability to do it at a much larger scale due to increased mobility, wider bandwidth abilities, but also trends such as open data, open government data sets have driven this idea and discussion further. But,In some ways, we’ve had cloud computing for some time and many of us are using—knowingly or unknowingly using cloud computingWeb based email is a good example, I think….mail like gmail, yahoo, windows, etc. The cost for users is 0…but the, or yahoo, microsoft, etc have email and web servers to support the software and data created by users. But as individual users, we don't need to pay anything usually, download software, or have the hardware to run the applications. Web based in the cloud so to speak. There are some other applications that have become popular that are cloud-based--meaning the cost, maintenance, responsibility for integrity and security--belong elsewhere to someone else..perhaps somewhere far far away.We will be discussing some. Insert notes from CiL—Cloud computing presentation
  • Here are a few technologies or applications that employ cloud computing..that you may be aware of… we will talk about some of these….so for many, this is cloud computing…
  • Who has used? I use this and although I'm a fairly new user, it's had a tremendous effect in how I work and access my documents---access wherever, whenever on multiple devices…desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone***Use laptop and iPad to show the connection***
  • Reminder about sign-in sheet, evaluation forms
  • Mobile Computing: QR Codes & Cloud Apps

    1. 1. Mobile Computing: PracticalStrategies with QR Codes and Cloud Apps Andrew Youngkin, MLS Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern-Atlantic Region University of Maryland, Baltimore
    2. 2. QR Codes Facebook BillboardsT-Shirts Advertising
    3. 3. examples• Calendar Event• Contact Information• Email Address• Geo Location• Phone Number• SMS• Text (plain text)• URL• Wifi Network
    4. 4. • Scan QR Code from wall map..get a digital copy you can carry with you• “Buy fresh, buy local” QR Code that, when scanned, provides consumers to nearest farmers market• QR Code that directs consumers to mobile site and allows scheduling health check-ups• QR Codes placed in printed material that, when scanned, link to video
    5. 5. • Provide a specific function (sharing contact information, placing phone call, making appointments, adding rich content)• Not everyone will find QR codes useful/useable..consider as an adjunct to other forms of communication
    6. 6. Scanning a QR Code• Contact Information• Text Based Information• Mobile Website Link• Link here
    7. 7. Creating a QR Code•
    8. 8. QR Code Questions?
    9. 9. The Cloud
    10. 10. Cloud Applications– iCloud (Apple)– Google Drive– Amazon Cloud Drive– SkyDrive (Microsoft)– Dropbox– Evernote– Slideshare– 2Clud– Awesome Drop– Remember the Milk
    11. 11. DropBox
    12. 12. SkyDrive• Microsoft• Hotmail-based• Largest free space, cheapest paid space•
    13. 13. Google Drive• Google• Linking other Google products, Picasa, esp.• G-mail- based• 5GB free space• Integrates with Google Docs•
    14. 14. Healthcare• Health professionals use Dropbox to easily access transcription files between facilities, office, home, etc. Notes updated in one place, immediately available in another.• Educators, trainers can collaborate, share files remotely, in various locations• Likely many personal examples of using to back-up hard/soft copied of documents for security, easy remote access
    15. 15. Considerations• Cloud services should be regarded with caution and may not be appropriate for sensitive information protected by specific laws (HIPPA), healthcare organizations• Many cloud service users, choose multiple platforms—consider a few
    16. 16. Questions?
    17. 17. ContactAndrew YoungkinUniversity of Maryland, BaltimoreHealth Sciences & Human Services LibraryNNLM, SE/A, Suite 508601 West Lombard StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21201800.338.7657 (in region)410.706.2855Email: ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.eduSkype: andrew.youngkin1Blog: