We Built it from Scratch... How to Grow an Idea Into a Mobile App


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    1. 1. We Built It Ourselves …<br />From Scratch -- <br />How To Grow An Idea <br />Into a Mobile App<br />Nadia J. Lalla, M.L.I.S.<br />Steven Flynn, M.S.I.<br />M. Carol Shannon, M.P.H.<br />
    2. 2. One Year Ago …<br />
    3. 3. I have<br />an idea!<br />Brilliant!<br />Nadia Lalla Has An Idea<br />Carol Shannon Concurs<br />
    4. 4. Stephen Flynn, Then Student Extraordinaire<br />Now Emerging Technologies Librarian@ Wooster College<br />
    5. 5. Proposed Timeline<br />Idea – September 2010<br />Sketchy plan – early October 2010<br />Build app for iPhone – November 2010<br />Test app – December 2010<br />Submit app to iTunes store – January 2011<br />Acceptance to iTunes store – 7 days later<br />
    6. 6. Mobile Website vs. Mobile App<br /><ul><li>Easier to develop
    7. 7. Inferior user experience
    8. 8. Preferred for comparison shopping and research
    9. 9. Difficult to develop
    10. 10. Superior user experience
    11. 11. Preferred for social media and gaming</li></li></ul><li>Mobile Website vs. Mobile App<br />
    12. 12. Developing the Mobile Website<br />Jonathan Stark - “Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript”<br />http://building-iphone-apps.labs.oreilly.com/<br />Google: <br />jqueryui autocomplete tutorial<br />
    13. 13. Developing the iPhone App<br />HTML & Javascript<br />Titanium Studio<br />Objective C in Xcode & iPhone simulator<br />
    14. 14.
    15. 15.
    16. 16. Finally….<br />
    17. 17. Plain Language <br />Medical Dictionary<br />iPhone/iPod/iPad App<br />
    18. 18. Search<br />Filter<br />Browse<br />Define<br />
    19. 19. Actual<br />Proposed Timeline<br />Idea – Sept 2010<br />Sketchy plan – early Oct 2010<br />Build beta mobile website for app – Nov<br />Quasi test on iPhones – Nov<br />Debug mobile website – Nov<br />Rebuild app with new program – Decthru Feb<br />Build app for iPhone – Nov 2010<br />Test app – Dec 2010<br />Submit app to UM Tech Transfer - Feb thru May<br />Submit app to iTunes store – Jan 2011<br />Acceptance to iTunes store – 7 days laterJune 15, 2011<br />
    20. 20. What We Learned<br /><ul><li>Selecting the right app software is crucial.
    21. 21. Getting our app into the iTunes store was much harder than anticipated.
    22. 22. There was/is little institutional expertise and support for library mobile apps.
    23. 23. A student programmer is a student … who graduates… and finds a great job.</li></li></ul><li>Build Your Own App<br />If possible, determine who needs to be involved in the process from creation to app availability<br />Clearly articulate the project goals and objectives and share them with all involved parties. <br />Set realistic time deadlines.<br />Source: Flickr (gillyberlin)<br />
    24. 24. Build Your Own App<br />Don’t underestimate the programming that is needed.<br />Additional skills include marketing and graphic design. <br />Consider hiring a School of Information or Computer Science student. They are eager and willing to spend the time if the payoff is partial credit for the app.<br />
    25. 25. Up Next<br />
    26. 26. After That?<br />Build a multilingual version: Spanish, Chinese, Arabic<br /><ul><li>Challenge: translations in plain language
    27. 27. Challenge: time + $$$</li></ul>Update the thesaurus<br /><ul><li>Challenge: content
    28. 28. Challenge: copyright
    29. 29. Challenge: time + $$$</li></li></ul><li>Plain Language Medical Dictionary<br />Plain Language Medical Dictionary Widgethttp://www.lib.umich.edu/plain-language-dictionary<br />Plain Language Medical Dictionary Mobile Website<br />http://www.lib.umich.edu/files/libraries/hsl/plainmed/index.html<br />Plain Language Medical Dictionary iPhone App<br />http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plain-language-medical-dictionary/id443405990?mt=8<br />
    30. 30. The Plain Language Medical Dictionary app was developed for the Regents of the University of Michigan <br />by Stephen Flynn, Nadia Lalla, and Carol Shannon.<br />Nadia J. Lalla<br />Coordinator, Collections & Information Services<br />Taubman Health Sciences Library<br />The University of Michigan<br />1135 E. Catherine St.<br />Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2038<br />(734) 615-9452<br />nadiamar@umich.edu<br />http://www.lib.umich.edu/users/nadiamar<br />Stephen X. Flynn<br />Emerging Technologies Librarian<br />Andrews LibraryCollege of Wooster<br />1140 Beall Ave.<br />Wooster, OH 44691<br />(330) 263-2154<br />sflynn@wooster.edu<br />http://www.sxflynn.net<br />