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  • Hi, My name is TIm Fernando, Project Manager and researcher for the Erewhon Project here in Oxford. <br /> <br /> I&apos;d like to take a few minutes to tell you what the Erewhon project is all about, <br /> what it hopes to achieve <br /> how we can help youu <br /> and some thinks you might want to think about when creating your podcasts <br />
  • Erewhon is a project based at Oxford University Computing Services and is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee for 18 months until March 2010 <br /> <br /> It also works in close collaboration with the BRII project again based here in Oxford&#x2019;s Medical Sciences and Library Services <br />
  • Erewhon is a project based at Oxford University Computing Services and is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee for 18 months until March 2010 <br /> <br /> It also works in close collaboration with the BRII project again based here in Oxford&#x2019;s Medical Sciences and Library Services <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
  • So what are our deliverables? <br /> <br /> Well first of all we have a Geo Location database, what is a geo-location database? In this case its a database which can hold the locations of geographical entities and relationships between them. For example storing the location of a department, or a pub etc <br /> <br /> You&apos;ll hear the the term LBS more and more in the coming years as its fast becoming a buzz word in mobile computing. <br /> So what this means is that we can create services which are relevant to the user&apos;s current location, for example "finding the route to my next lecture" or "which library is nearest, which also has this book I want?" <br /> <br /> Next we have demonstration mobile applications, i.e. services we can provide which would be useful to people on the move. e.g. give me a list of Oxford (or x university) Podcasts and let me download one <br /> <br /> And lastly we are to provide national guidelines on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes. <br />
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Erewhon presentation to Oxford's Public Affairs Directorate - 28 April 2009 Erewhon presentation to Oxford's Public Affairs Directorate - 28 April 2009 Presentation Transcript

  • University of Oxford, Public Affairs Directorate 28 April 2009 Sebastian Rahtz & Tim Fernando
  • What is Erewhon?
  • What is Erewhon? Research Project based at Oxford University Computing Services Funded by JISC for 18 months Collaborating with sister project BRII Team consists of: Sebastian Rahtz, Tim Fernando, Janet McKnight Arno Mittelbach, Tim Pizey, Sue Fenley, Adam Marshall
  • Our core deliverables
  • Our core deliverables Geo Location Database
  • Our core deliverables Geo Location Database Demonstration Location Based Services (LBS)
  • Our core deliverables Geo Location Database Demonstration Location Based Services (LBS) Demonstration mobile applications Erewhon
  • Our core deliverables Geo Location Database Demonstration Location Based Services (LBS) Demonstration mobile applications Erewhon Part Mobilisation of Weblearn βeta VLE VLE
  • Our core deliverables Geo Location Database Demonstration Location Based Services (LBS) Demonstration mobile applications Erewhon Part Mobilisation of Weblearn βeta VLE VLE National guidelines and advice on integration of mobile devices into higher/further educational institutes
  • Suppositions Erewhon is predicated on a number of suppositions about the direction information technology is going at the moment
  • 1. Smartphone growth and its importance Smartphone year on year growth in 2008 - 13.9% despite economic downturn Handsets with a compelling user experience, namely Blackberry and iPhone showed massive growth. ‘Unlimited data’ plans have also made them more attractive to use. Source - Gartner Statistics
  • 2. Free Mapping • We can easily map locations using free tools such as Google Earth/Maps, Open Street Map, Microsoft Live etc • These provide not just regular maps, but aerial/satellite views, photographic street views and even topographical views
  • 2. Free Mapping • Tag photos with location co-ordinates • Guide to points with Sat Nav systems • Make maps of archaeological remains • Displays of flood plains, pubs, wifi etc
  • 3. Institutional GeoData We will know the locations of: 1. University Departments 2. College Buildings 3. Libraries 4. Seminar Rooms 5. Car Parks 6. and potentially anything anyone wants us to represent
  • 4.Your location Users can supply us their location automatically: • Online third parties such as Yahoo! FireEagle and Google Latitude • Onboard sensors - GPS, Cell Tower ID, Orientation, Compass, WiFi ID
  • OxPoints Geolocation database for Oxford currently containing over 1300 places including: • Buildings • Car Parks • Colleges • Departments • Libraries • Museums • Points of Interest • Rooms
  • Map of Colleges in Oxford Shown in Google Earth - Includes Timeline
  • Map of Departments in Oxford Shown using Open Street Map
  • Map of Running Route Superimposed on Ordinance Survey Map
  • Oxford University Car Parks Displayed on TomTom 930T
  • Buildings of Balliol College Displayed on Google Android Phone
  • Mobile Applications
  • Mobile Applications 1. Show the location of wireless access points and nearest 2. Find the nearest copy of a book, bearing in mind personal entitlement to libraries and opening hours 3. Find where seminars on a particular subject are taking place today and give directions with ETA. 4. Find where Professor X is at this moment 5. Sign up for tutorials on your phone 6. Receive SMS alerts for courses and lectures 7. Locate the nearest free seminar room 8. Access course materials that can be read/heard on a mobile
  • Plans for Mobile Apps • mobile.ox - a generic mobile portal (cf MIT) scraping useful data from existing services Project • Bid submitted to JISC for Project Denizen Denizen, funding for native iPhone, Google Phone, and Blackberry apps • University-wide iPhone Competition, giving everyone the chance to write a new app and win a prize.
  • Example: Library Search A student needs to find a copy of Kipling's Kim, needed for an essay due in soon. Where is the nearest copy? Things to bear in mind: • Is the student able to use that library? • Is the library open now? • Are all copies of the book out on loan? • Where actually in the library is the book?
  • Searching the OLIS Catalogue
  • Result Screen Showing Map Links
  • Map Display of Libraries
  • Where we are now and the nearest Library
  • Nearest Library
  • Nearest Library with Walking Route
  • Cycle Routing http://oxford.cyclestreets.net/
  • Cycle Routing http://oxford.cyclestreets.net/
  • Other Applications • Disability uses • Augmented Reality • City Tours via Podcasting • Estates management • Campus visualisations e.g. mapping research centres or to show which colleges specialise in certain subjects
  • How can you help? • Publicity e.g. at alumni weekend • Use more of our data • Talk to us about your ideas • Promote the electronic interchange of seminar data
  • More Information Blog Website http://oxforderewhon.wordpress.com http://erewhon.oucs.ox.ac.uk