Mobile Oxford                   Oxford Libraries’ IT Users Forum                              16 May 2011                 ...
Many tasks + cheap computing = many devices
Each form factor suits certain uses more than others
‘Glance’ DeviceWeather, contact information, sports results,meeting room status
‘Watch/Ultra compact’ DeviceWho’s calling, number of e-mails waiting
Tablet DeviceWeb browsing, e-mail,photo viewing, mapping, visual design
E-ReaderLow eyestrain document display, note taking
Smart PhoneFast e-mail, simple tasks e.g. booking a tutorial, finding a librarybook, and a primary location sensitive infor...
Samsung i5500 Galaxy EuropaSIM Unlocked ≈ £140Features     Android 2.1                  WifiQVGA 2.8” Screen         3MP Ca...
£111Excellent Reading ExperienceWiFi, Web Browser
Do you really want to write a native app          for each of these?
Mobile Oxford
“Institutional Innovation” funding strand     18 months, approximately 2FTE           From October 2008
Erewhon’s AimsGeo-spatial database             Demo Mobile Apps   Mobilisation of Sakai VLE (with temporal sensitivity)   ...
Demo Mobile Apps   Mobilisation of Sakai VLE
The available options (Q1 2009)+ Was made freely available under MIT    + Promised fast deployment times (perhaps         ...
The available options (Q1 2009)  Both required a lot of work on our side
Mobile Oxford work started in Q3 2009
It needed to be:Accessible and Inclusive
For prospective students, currentstudents, staff and the general public
An Open Source Community ProjectThe “community” being pivotal in its long term sustainability
Extensible and have significant longevity
Work on any web-capable device
*Not* reactionary.
A consistent UI
Perform a number of key functions server-side           Not proxying, not iframing etc.
m.ox.ac.uk
Winner - UCISA Award for Excellence 2010Finalist - Learning Without Frontiers Innovation Award 2011  UK Nomination - UN Wo...
Device DetectionSmartphones, Featurephones, Desktops (Tablets coming)
PLACES Multiple geo-data sourcesincluding Open Street Map   (community sourced), OxPoints, Department for       Transport ...
Transport information- a compelling reason      to revisit
TRANSPORT   Integrated view of Oxford’stransport incorporating Park and  Ride spaces, real time bus and       railway info...
CONTACTS Via LDAP
LIBRARY SEARCH Z39.50 (library protocol),OpenStreetMap, 3rd Party GIS
Universal SearchPattern matching for ISBNs, Bus Stops and interfaces with             our Google Search Appliance.
WEBLEARNBased on the Sakai VLE
Weblearn ToolsPolls (simple survey)Evaluations (extended survey)Sign Ups (book events)
Polls Tool Example1.Lecturer sets up a ‘poll’ in Weblearn2.Lecturer pastes short URL and 2D Barcode in slides3.Students an...
URL ShortenerOnly shortens valid links on m.ox.ac.uk and provides an easy               to type numeric short code        ...
Other ideas/work in progress              More Sakai tools           Walking/Cycle Routing           Short Course Bookings...
Mobile Oxford   The ‘one stop shop’ for Mobile devicesSide effect: has become a central aggregation point            Op   ...
Black Box Data Flow Diagram (Simplified)                                                                                   ...
Mobile Oxford is now developed entirely in the open as part of the Molly Project                           mollyproject.or...
Mobile Oxford is now developed entirely in the open as part of the Molly ProjectFREE!                      mollyproject.or...
check us out on   ohloh.net                  COCOMO Based (probably rubbish in this case)
Me:     tim.fernando@oucs.ox.ac.uk                @timfernando                             http://m.ox.ac.ukMobile Oxford ...
Mobile Oxford - Libraries IT Users Forum 16 may 2011
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  • * Mobile computing IS computing now\n* No longer in a realm of computing populated by important business people and enthusiasts who spend hours downloading and installing hacked ROMs to add a bit of window chrome. \n* Vast range of devices out there, growing in variety and number\n\n
  • * Mobile computing IS computing now\n* No longer in a realm of computing populated by important business people and enthusiasts who spend hours downloading and installing hacked ROMs to add a bit of window chrome. \n* Vast range of devices out there, growing in variety and number\n\n
  • * Mobile computing IS computing now\n* No longer in a realm of computing populated by important business people and enthusiasts who spend hours downloading and installing hacked ROMs to add a bit of window chrome. \n* Vast range of devices out there, growing in variety and number\n\n
  • * Mobile computing IS computing now\n* No longer in a realm of computing populated by important business people and enthusiasts who spend hours downloading and installing hacked ROMs to add a bit of window chrome. \n* Vast range of devices out there, growing in variety and number\n\n
  • * Mobile computing IS computing now\n* No longer in a realm of computing populated by important business people and enthusiasts who spend hours downloading and installing hacked ROMs to add a bit of window chrome. \n* Vast range of devices out there, growing in variety and number\n\n
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  • * sit on a desk or by a watercooler\n* quick contact search \n* calendar display\n* meeting \n
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  • * requires little investment of time and mind\n* least likely to share\n
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  • 4 people required to work full time on Campus M @ a University\n
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  • It does work across platforms. \n
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  • It can detect the class of device and display information in a sensible way to that device. I.e. lower capability devices get less graphics and javascript. \n
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  • * Location sensitive, can search the multitude of Oxford libraries. \n
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  • Mobile Oxford - Libraries IT Users Forum 16 may 2011

    1. 1. Mobile Oxford Oxford Libraries’ IT Users Forum 16 May 2011 Tim Fernando Tech. Project Manager Oxford University Computing Services Mobile Oxford Molly ProjectUniversity of Oxford http://m.ox.ac.uk http://mollyproject.orghttp://www.ox.ac.uk @mobileox @mollyproject
    2. 2. Many tasks + cheap computing = many devices
    3. 3. Each form factor suits certain uses more than others
    4. 4. ‘Glance’ DeviceWeather, contact information, sports results,meeting room status
    5. 5. ‘Watch/Ultra compact’ DeviceWho’s calling, number of e-mails waiting
    6. 6. Tablet DeviceWeb browsing, e-mail,photo viewing, mapping, visual design
    7. 7. E-ReaderLow eyestrain document display, note taking
    8. 8. Smart PhoneFast e-mail, simple tasks e.g. booking a tutorial, finding a librarybook, and a primary location sensitive information display
    9. 9. Samsung i5500 Galaxy EuropaSIM Unlocked ≈ £140Features Android 2.1 WifiQVGA 2.8” Screen 3MP CameraQuadband GSM + Accelerometer 3G Digital Compass GPS FM Radio
    10. 10. £111Excellent Reading ExperienceWiFi, Web Browser
    11. 11. Do you really want to write a native app for each of these?
    12. 12. Mobile Oxford
    13. 13. “Institutional Innovation” funding strand 18 months, approximately 2FTE From October 2008
    14. 14. Erewhon’s AimsGeo-spatial database Demo Mobile Apps Mobilisation of Sakai VLE (with temporal sensitivity) Disseminate knowledge learned
    15. 15. Demo Mobile Apps Mobilisation of Sakai VLE
    16. 16. The available options (Q1 2009)+ Was made freely available under MIT + Promised fast deployment times (perhaps License Q1 2009. unrealistic) + Works on many devices. + Fully managed with contractual obligations- Code was ‘dumped’ as open source - iPhone Only (at time) - No community input - Service had not been deployed anywhere - We were not a PHP shop - Vendor lock-in - Yearly fees - Development fees - Long term sustainability/relevance unknown
    17. 17. The available options (Q1 2009) Both required a lot of work on our side
    18. 18. Mobile Oxford work started in Q3 2009
    19. 19. It needed to be:Accessible and Inclusive
    20. 20. For prospective students, currentstudents, staff and the general public
    21. 21. An Open Source Community ProjectThe “community” being pivotal in its long term sustainability
    22. 22. Extensible and have significant longevity
    23. 23. Work on any web-capable device
    24. 24. *Not* reactionary.
    25. 25. A consistent UI
    26. 26. Perform a number of key functions server-side Not proxying, not iframing etc.
    27. 27. m.ox.ac.uk
    28. 28. Winner - UCISA Award for Excellence 2010Finalist - Learning Without Frontiers Innovation Award 2011 UK Nomination - UN World Summit Award in Mobile (Education) 2010
    29. 29. Device DetectionSmartphones, Featurephones, Desktops (Tablets coming)
    30. 30. PLACES Multiple geo-data sourcesincluding Open Street Map (community sourced), OxPoints, Department for Transport etc.
    31. 31. Transport information- a compelling reason to revisit
    32. 32. TRANSPORT Integrated view of Oxford’stransport incorporating Park and Ride spaces, real time bus and railway information
    33. 33. CONTACTS Via LDAP
    34. 34. LIBRARY SEARCH Z39.50 (library protocol),OpenStreetMap, 3rd Party GIS
    35. 35. Universal SearchPattern matching for ISBNs, Bus Stops and interfaces with our Google Search Appliance.
    36. 36. WEBLEARNBased on the Sakai VLE
    37. 37. Weblearn ToolsPolls (simple survey)Evaluations (extended survey)Sign Ups (book events)
    38. 38. Polls Tool Example1.Lecturer sets up a ‘poll’ in Weblearn2.Lecturer pastes short URL and 2D Barcode in slides3.Students answer on whatever device they have http://m.ox.ac.uk/3523
    39. 39. URL ShortenerOnly shortens valid links on m.ox.ac.uk and provides an easy to type numeric short code e.g. http://m.ox.ac.uk/3 or QR code: *If the page contains secure content, the number is randomised
    40. 40. Other ideas/work in progress More Sakai tools Walking/Cycle Routing Short Course Bookings College Meal Bookings Location based study group organiser Augmented reality layer Further social networking integration Local city event listings Fully AJAX interface Official Traffic cameras Many more!
    41. 41. Mobile Oxford The ‘one stop shop’ for Mobile devicesSide effect: has become a central aggregation point Op en Str e w s et Map Ne Service status Library search s Mu top ch mo ss re! Bu
    42. 42. Black Box Data Flow Diagram (Simplified) etc. phones under 100USD Molly as ‘Mobile Oxford’ Feature phone UI OSS Data Aggregation and Manipulation Oracle Student System Lots of Data Sources Layer Web User Oak Directory Service Interface OxPoints RESTfull API Geo-Spatial Database Smartphone UI Oxford iTunes U IntegrationOxford Library Information Service Other Native Open Street Map Applications ApplicationsAnd More...
    43. 43. Mobile Oxford is now developed entirely in the open as part of the Molly Project mollyproject.org Licensed under AFL v3 1.1 About to be released
    44. 44. Mobile Oxford is now developed entirely in the open as part of the Molly ProjectFREE! mollyproject.org Licensed under AFL v3 1.1 About to be released
    45. 45. check us out on ohloh.net COCOMO Based (probably rubbish in this case)
    46. 46. Me: tim.fernando@oucs.ox.ac.uk @timfernando http://m.ox.ac.ukMobile Oxford @mobileox http://mollyproject.orgMolly Project @mollyproject
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