Preliminary Proposal, Stockholm 18 January 2012 Marina Santini
CityTimes is an aggregator. It offers pieces of local news that can be found on local newspapers + city life information, such as restaurants, shops, products, activities for children (through advertising or information flows coming from social media).
http://www.santini.se/geotimes/ Shows recent news in reversed chronological order from different sources. Positions news on the map and diplays the excerpts in the bubbles. When users browse another page, the news and the map change accordingly and the markers on the map are built dynamically Examples of Social Media Potential Information flows from other websites (for ex, through Twitter) Connection to social networks (ex, Like and Follow) Local ads Google AdSense Basically all kind of local information can be included in this kind of website.
the visualization of the map with the markers. the storage of the full article in the database and its visualization, and other functions . WARNING: No refactoring has been applied yet, so the code contains duplications.
Automatically download RSS feeds from newspapers at regular intervals (plug-in) Automatically tag RSS feeds with locations (plug-in) Based on the location tags, markers are shown on a map. Marker’s info windows show the RSS feed located in that part of the city. When no location are mentioned in the RSS feed text, the default location is the neighborhood of the local newspaper (my code)
When clicking on a single post, the user will see the locations contained in the post on the map, and has the possibility of reading the extended version of the article and then the full article in the newspaper website (my code)
The string "slussen, stockholm, sweden"returns many different locations Result Address: Slussen T-bana, Stockholm urban area, Sweden Result Address: Östra Slussgatan, Stockholm urban area, Sweden Result Address: Hammarby Slussväg, 118 60 Stockholm, Sweden
Lia’s Geotimes’ website has not yet a mobile version. Wordpress mobile has been released recently
GTRO can be saved on the home screen (like a native app) and started directly from the mobile.1) Find Directions2) Optimize Routes3) Store My Locations4) Find Products on the map (GTRO2) http://www.santini.se/gtro2/
iOS native apps . iOS apps resemble the built-in applications on iOS- based devices in that they reside on the device itself and take advantage of the features of the iOS environment. Web Content Web content is hosted by a website that people visit through their iOS-based device Web apps Optimized web pages Compatible web pages
I am inclined to think that the "web-based app" way is the best way to go. But, of course, it depends... This choice might be a little limited at present, but emulation frameworks (e.g. iWebKit5) or special libraries (e.g JQuery Mobile) are growing fast. Handy with “Add to Home Screen” to access the web app directly, just like a native app. In general, it is possible and fast to create a good web app without going native. Additionally, it is much easier to capitalize on a web app (in terms of reuse on different platforms) rather than on a native app, I think.
In this project, I overlooked that ”APPS RESPOND TO GESTURES, NOT CLICKS”. I overlooked the gestural context and I focussed on the features. Designing an app is different from designing an website because an app require s a different behaviour, a different posture, a different manuality. An app must be thought as an app from the beginning, and not adapted along the way. It is not only a matter of ”STYLING” (colors, round corners, all the JQTouch stuff). It is a matter of human-mobile interaction!
Move from GoogleMaps V2 to GoogleMaps V3 Speed up the map visualization Create an automatized colored classification function, so user can visually identify the type of news they are interested in (ex, sport, politics, crime, fashion, etc.) Create a computational advertising function, where the ads relevant to news locations (ex, local shops, local cinema, etc.) are automatically displayed, and not manually put up. Create a automatic comment analysis function to identify users’ problems, orientations, sentiments, opinions and attitudes. Study more the target user group in order to see if CityTimes’ information architecture matches the audience’ needs (usuability is ok, I think, because WordPress is very handy for many types of users). Create a CityTimes’ mobile version Create two versions of the Route Optimizer application (website and app) and integrate them with? CityTimes.
The Service: You can create your own service, managed by Grannar (for ex), which would offer additional local information to what you already offer now. For example, suggestions for local restaurants and their reputation (through users’ reviews), where to find a open pharmacy in the vicinity on Sunday night, etc.
The Blueprint: you can sell model or create a kind of franchising model ”powered by CityTimes”, that can be used as a standlone website or be appended to the main website. For example, for tourism and leisure time:”Visit Stockholm” (http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/)”TimeOut ” (http://www.timeout.com/stockholm/)