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  • Quick Summary of what placebooks is
  • here ’ s an example of a book that someone made about the Gower
  • search nearby books based on activity type and/or distance from where you are. All books that you download go into your download tab
  • Placebooks

    1. 1. PRESENTED BY: ALAN CHAMBERLAIN FEBRUARY 2012
    2. 2. Abstract Placebooks: Community-based trailsDr Alan Chamberlain (Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham) New developments in mobile, location and sensor-based or ‘ubiquitous’ computing nowmake it possible for users to move beyond the urban fringes. They herald the expansion ofcomputing from cities into rural locations that have long been marginalised due to thelimitations of existing technology. Current digital mapping services largely focus on urbanenvironments with many systems offering rich street views of urban settings, but such viewsof rural space are largely absent.Placebooks is a ‘toolkit’ that allows people to create andshare community-based maps that reflect their interests and concerns. For example, usersare able to sketch routes of their favourite pathways through the countryside. GPS data andcommunity content, relevant to different points on their route, can then augment these routes.Tags and content can also be added to other users’ routes, adding to the overall body ofknowledge.We will be giving a brief introduction to the project followed by a demonstration of the system.For more information email: Alan.Chamberlain@Nottingham.ac.ukThis work was supported by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) [grant number – EP/I001816/1]
    3. 3. Hello! I’M DR ALAN CHAMBERLAIN I’m a Senior Research Fellow - I’m interested in people and technology. I WORK IN THE MIXED REALITY LAB at Nottingham University, UK THESE SLIDES ARE ONLINE http://www.bridgingtheruraldivide.com (bridging the rural divide dot com)
    4. 4. Project History• Mixed Reality Lab• Focus on Urban Experiences• Rider Spoke - An Urban Experience
    5. 5. Bridging the Rural Divide• 18 month project – funded by RCUK• Specific ‘Research in the Wild’ funding• Partners – MRL University of Nottingham, University of Swansea, OS, Countryside Council Wales, Horizon (Notts)
    6. 6. Rural Spaces• How are they different from urban spaces?• What do people want to know and say? People want to talk about their area and interests. People are multi-dimensional.• How do we engage with people? English and Welsh, working in-field with people, grass roots Inclusive Co-Design.• What technologies exit or can enable us to do this? 3G, Smart phones, Web.• How can we map the unmapped? Many digital mapping services are urban focused.
    7. 7. Where & What?• Borth and Ynyslas (vistors centre)• Used existing services and pulled them in. Everytrail and Trails Cymru GPS trails. YNYSLAS NNR• Worked with different people in the community - (not just consultation), individuals and CCW wardens, to create content - phones lent out. Expanded to Ramblers and People’s Collection innovation.• Made prototypes and finally created a system that could pull lots of media items together. People could create and share something that could be used on and off-line (no 3G), mobile and at home.
    8. 8. WHAT IS PLACEBOOKS? place.books |pleys books| verb [trans.] 1. To create books; to narrate or describe a place you live in or wish to visit. 2. To make books using digital media.
    9. 9. WEB INTERFACE www.placebooks.org
    10. 10. OVERVIEW OF THE EDITOREACH ELEMENT CAN BE GEO-LOCATED ON THE MAP - BOOK HAS A LOCATION
    11. 11. VIDEO DEMO
    12. 12. • SHARING BOOKS Share published material• Sharing encourages feedback!
    13. 13. SEARCHING FOR BOOKS
    14. 14. MOBILE APP For Android and iPad
    15. 15. WHAT THE MOBILE APP DOESA tool for accessing placebooks while ‘on the go’ andbeing able to use features ‘in the wild’, in areas withoutany data connectivity.
    16. 16. FEATURES Downloaded Access your Search for books online shelf nearby books
    17. 17. NAVIGATING THROUGHBOOKS Scroll up and down Swipe left and right between pages
    18. 18. INTERACTING WITH IMAGES
    19. 19. INTERACTING WITH VIDEO
    20. 20. INTERACTING WITH MAPS - Cached OS Maps - YAH marker (red pointer) tracks where you are on the map - Geotagged media items can be opened by clicking on their icons (orange camera icons)
    21. 21. IPAD VIDEO DEMO
    22. 22. WHAT NEXT?• Working with People’s Collection Wales• Add historical maps• Internationalise - European languages• Work with more partners

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