Visible Past


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Visible Past is a web-based knowledge creation and storage environment that is aware of a user's spatial location and which delivers information on the fly, to that location, based on the user needs connected to that location. If you are, for example, in France, in front of the Tour Eiffel, Visible Past can send you information about the Tour Eiffel, to your mobile phone. Further, the cell phone can be used to rate the information or to add your own content to the site.

However, Visible Past is not just a site. It is a software solution that can be installed on any server, by anyone, at no cost. It uses open source, free software, that can be extended and adapted for any specific project.

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Visible Past

  1. 1. Visible Past: A Location Aware Environment <ul><li>WHAT: </li></ul><ul><li>A method to store and access knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>A set of web-based tools that deliver knowledge on the fly </li></ul><ul><li>HOW: </li></ul><ul><li>Every bit of information is connected to a geographic place on Earth and is time stamped </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge can be browsed by keywords, time, or geographic location </li></ul><ul><li>Users can both read and write information into the system (wikistyle) </li></ul><ul><li>WHY: </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching tool for history, geography, geology, foreign language, anthropology, archeology classes </li></ul><ul><li>Research tool: net centric unified “field diary” </li></ul><ul><li>COMPONENT TECHNOLOGIES: </li></ul><ul><li>Georeferenced Wiki (GWIKI) database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MediaWiki flavor, can be adapted to any wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be accessed through any Internet-connected device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can locate the user in real or virtual space through GPS or virtual reality locators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivers information in location aware manner: information within a specific radius is delivered automatically to the user </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supports any Internet ready device </li></ul>WHO: Sorin A. Matei Communication Chris Miller Library Laura Arns Envision Nick Rauh Classics Chris Hartman CT student
  2. 2. The past in 3D Visible Past creates rich information environments that enhance 3 D models of historical events, places or buildings. Dr. Matei and a group of undergraduates have created several virtual models, including for Omaha Beach (Vierville Sur Mer), Normandy, France, as it appeared on the morning of June 6, 1944 . The model recreates all the major German fortifications, annotates them with historical information and video clips. The clips reflect either fictional accounts of the battle, such as Saving Private Ryan , or historical reels. The Visible Past Project also uses a model of the Roman Forum , created by a team of scholars from UCLA and University of Virginia . The Rome Model is used to showcase novel methods of information delivery. The model is enhanced with tools that allow retrieving and writing information into a georeferenced database. Information can be added to the model from a FLEX theatre, or from any computer on the Internet. It is used in classrooms and in various research projects. The Visible Past’s ultimate vision is to make the models available on mobile devices and to create a seamless web of information, which follows the user wherever he or she is. Gone are the days of search for information. Now information searches for you ! ;-) Visible Past: A Location Aware Environment June 6, 1944 Omaha Beach Basilica Aemilia Tabularium Basilica Julia Caesar’s Temple Senate house The Forum Square Triumphal Arch Temple of Vesta