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People’s Collection
Wales / Placebooks
development

Tom Pert, Royal Commission on the
Ancient and Historical Monuments of
Wales

Dr Alan Chamberlain, University of
Nottingham

People’s Collection
Wales?


An online, multimedia, multi
-
platform web
-
service providing bilingual content created
by Welsh museums, archives and libraries
and
user
-
generated

content on Welsh
cultural heritage.


Economic value of
heritage & recreation


Welsh Historic Environment supports
30,000 jobs contributes approx. £840m to
Welsh economy.


Walking contributes around £548 million to
the Welsh economy each year (Ramblers
Cymru).


Why not combine the two?



PCW Trails


Trails are the item
-
type that most clearly
illustrate the possibilities for linking online
cultural
-
heritage resources with tourism
and community engagement.


User
-
generated trail creation using online TrailBuilder tool

Free “Trails
Cymru
” app
for
iPhone

& Android


Free “Trails
Cymru
” app
for
iPhone

& Android


Free “Trails
Cymru
” app
for
iPhone

& Android


Free “Trails
Cymru
” app
for
iPhone

& Android


Free “Trails
Cymru
” app
for
iPhone

& Android


Free “Trails
Cymru
” app
for
iPhone

& Android


Free “Trails
Cymru
” app
for
iPhone

& Android


Visit Wales i
-
frame provides visitor information
relevant to the spatial context of trail.

Problems


Maps & media are not cached


app needs
network to operate properly

3G network coverage

Best

Worst

Problems


Maps & media are not cached


app needs
network to operate correctly


Problems supporting updated software
platforms


Unable to offer level of flexibility requested
by key user groups


Moderation

Solutions


Use flexible 3
rd

party tools that cache trail
route, maps and media...


Placebooks!


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.

My Book

WEB INTERFACE

www.placebooks.org

EACH ELEMENT CAN BE GEO
-
LOCATED ON THE MAP
-

BOOK HAS A LOCATION

OVERVIEW OF THE EDITOR

VIDEO DEMO

SHARING BOOKS


Share published material


Share rights


group publishing


Sharing encourages feedback!








SEARCHING FOR BOOKS

MOBILE APP

For Android and iPad

WHAT THE MOBILE APP DOES

A tool for accessing placebooks while

on the go


and
being able to use features

in the wild

, in areas
without

any data connectivity.

FEATURES

Downloaded

books

Access your
online shelf

Search for
nearby books

NAVIGATING THROUGH BOOKS

Scroll up and down

Swipe left and right
between pages

INTERACTING WITH IMAGES

INTERACTING WITH VIDEO

INTERACTING WITH 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)

-

Cached OS Maps

IPAD VIDEO DEMO

WHAT NEXT?


Bilingual PCW hosted & branded version of
Placebooks available to service users


PCW maps (including historic maps) incorporated
into Placebooks system


Internationalise
-

European languages


Work with more partners


Launch on 3
rd

July


Royal Geographical Society

Abstract

Placebooks and the People’s Collection of Wales

Dr Alan Chamberlain, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham

New developments in mobile, location and sensor
-
based or

ubiquitous


computing now
make it possible for users to move beyond the urban fringes. They herald the expansion of
computing from cities into rural locations that have long been marginalised due to the
limitations of existing technology. Current digital mapping services largely focus on urban
environments with many systems offering rich street views of urban settings, but such views
of rural space are largely absent. Placebooks is a

toolkit


that allows people to create and
share community
-
based maps that reflect their interests and concerns. For example, users
are able to sketch routes of their favourite pathways through the countryside. GPS data and
community 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 of
knowledge.

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
.
uk

This

work

was

supported

by

the

Research

Councils

UK

(RCUK)

[grant

number



EP/I
001816
/
1
]

Contact us


tom.pert@rcahmw.gov.uk

(@trompet2)


azc@cs.notts.ac.uk