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Ed
Fay

| Andrea Gibbons | James Reid


Fourth International M
-
Libraries Conference

Open University, September 2012

PhoneBooth
:

‘mobilising’ library
-
owned maps
and manuscripts for use in teaching

Introduction


Charles Booth survey of London


LSE Digital Library


GY244: London’s Geographies


Technical approach


Demo of the
PhoneBooth

prototype


Conclusions/next steps


Charles Booth’s survey of London


Systematic survey of living and working
conditions in London, 1886
-
1903


Charles Booth Online Archive

http://booth.lse.ac.uk/


Developed c.2000, containing:


Maps, Descriptive of London Poverty


Police notebooks containing eye
-
witness,
street
-
by
-
street observations


Charles Booth’s survey of London

Charles Booth’s survey of London

LSE Digital Library


Mobile usage

o
9.8% from mobile devices


Device uptake in student cohort

o
59% own smartphone (2011, student survey)


“working
practices, skills and
infrastructure to support the collection,
preservation and dissemination of digital
material added to Library
collections for
which we have sole preservation
responsibility”


http://digital.library.lse.ac.uk/

GY244: London’s Geographies

an introduction to social and cultural
geography

using London as
a kind of
laboratory


2
nd
/3
rd

year undergraduate


Visit to the physical archive


“a
little
intimidating”


still weren’t entirely sure how to access them
on an every day basis


felt a trip to the library might dissuade them


GY244: User requirements


Engagement with technological opportunity...

...to augment the usability of the archive



Walks
built into app, with podcasts


What
about streets that no longer exist? Need an overlay


Photos
/ sketches available, combine with other resources


Link
to census data (
ie

animated graphs from the economist)


Link
to crime maps


Link
to Mayhew


Access
handwritten/ transcribed records


issue with legibility, should be able to access both


Be
able to access data in different ways /
categorise

the contents


Stations
and
transport



Audio quotes of choice passages, to switch to audio as you walk


Make maps also available on line for those without phone, able to print out
etc


‘on this day’ quotes


Street view (where you can hold your phone up and overlay a picture with what is currently there…)


Alternative to street view, be able to toggle back and forth with
google

earth


you can easily see what is there now


Things that still exist as they were in that time


ie

pubs

Booth pub crawl


Alert system that sends you a message when you pass something of interest


tag alerts


Create your own map and save it, publish it not only to homepage but also
facebook
, other social media



Users can interact with each other


can see popularity of certain places or entries, other users comments and the ability to a
dd links and
etc

augmenting the info with additional sources



Second class used the example of YELP, user comments can be pasted, could see level of interest of that particular entry or l
oc
ation


For comments, should be able to make public or keep private and save them


Ability to save your maps, journal entries, notes


email to self


Alternative is to be able to bookmark things via a login process, 2nd class didn’t see either as
preferable

GY244: Pedagogic impact


New interactions with the content:


Research tool integrated with everyday
movements


A community of users


Inspiration and imagination


Assessment (assigned papers):


To include a walk around an area


Incorporate notebook entries into research

Technical issues and challenges


Extracting content from the legacy
(c.2000) application


lack of organisational knowledge or adequate
documentation


Georeferencing


missing data from ‘master’ (stitched) map


variable quality results on ‘master’ map


second attempt using 13 ‘pre
-
master’ maps


Technical issues and challenges


Base map choice


proofs
-
of
-
concept with each option


default decided through user testing


Technical issues and challenges


Registration (‘
georectification
’)


improved through use of ‘pre
-
master’ maps

Technical issues and challenges


Multiple device support


Variable experience (browser rendering,
caching, screen resolutions)


Optimisation


Compressing images for transmission over
mobile networks


Selecting image resolution to ensure enough
detail for display on small devices


Technical approach


Postgres

(with
PostGIS

extension
)


to hold
point data about the notebook entries


MapServer



to serve the Booth map at
required zoom levels


TileCache
/
MapProxy



to cache the tiles
from
MapServer

for delivery


Open Layers


to combine: 1) notebook
points, 2) the Booth map and 3) a base
map of LSE
choosing


Native
vs

O
pen Web
vs

Hybrid


“Native”


platform
-
specific for
iOS
/Android/etc
.


“Open Web”


for
use in most mobile
browsers


“Hybrid”


wrapping
open
Web
stack in a cross
-
platform
compiler such as
PhoneGap


Native
vs

O
pen Web
vs

Hybrid


Started with Open Web application


Increased sustainability (open standards,
minimal additional skill set)


Investigating Hybrid approach


Performance issues running map layers and
overlays in mobile browsers


Doesn’t seem to be bandwidth problem on 3g


Possibility of a future Native app


Best performance?


User expectation, profile on app stores

Conclusions/next steps


Impact of mobilisation

o
Student engagement and enthusiasm

o
Innovative teaching and assessment


Mobile and geo library services

o
New ways of surfacing content

o
Open technology enables reuse elsewhere


Technology skills in libraries are essential

o
Mobile is an increasingly important aspect


http://lse.ac.uk/PhoneBooth


Ed Fay, LSE Digital Library Manager

e.fay@lse.ac.uk | @
digitalfay


Andrea Gibbons, Graduate Teaching Assistant

a.gibbons1@lse.ac.uk | @
changita


James Reid,
Geoservices

Development Manager

james.reid@edina.ac.uk | @
sixfootdestiny