Mobile Campus Assistant
Mike Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT),
University of Bristol
• A Rapid Innovation project under the
Information Environment strand
• £40,000 grant
• 6 Months @ 1.1 FTE
• Most of the work done during August to
The Pitch ...
A time and location sensitive application
for students ....
• Where is the nearest wireless
• Where is there a free PC to use?
• When is the next bus to the hall of
• Which library is open now?
Website and native
applications for ...
• Increasingly popular devices
• iPhone OS works also on iPod Touch -
cheaper, but no GPS
• Both use Webkit for web browser rendering
• Team has experience with programming
languages used in SDKs
• Developers have an interest in both platforms
• I wanted an iPhone
• No Data
- The University needs a
geo-location database. KML
ﬁles can only take you so far.
• Data, but the wrong format
- We needed to scrape HTML
pages in some circumstances,
e.g. PC availability
• Data - inaccurate information Photo by dullhunk - http://ﬂic.kr/p/yBG4q
- RSS feeds of the Service Status don’t always reﬂect
the corresponding website
The Future ...
• Promote the project outputs within the
University to create interest
• Try and create a community with other
institutions ... the software is open
• Look for further public funding or
• University of Oxford is creating a
Python/Django based open source
project to deliver services to mobile
devices. This is based on their Mobile
• Commercial solutions like campusM
• Demo Site:
• Project Blog:
• Source code:
For general queries about the project please contact Nikki Rogers
(email@example.com). For technical queries please contact
Mike Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).