Digital Community History

small_digital_community_history_001The Digital Community History project explored the effective use of geo-historical data in mobile tourism guides and investigated the development of a simple demonstrator to act as an evaluation test bed exploring further possibilities using a selection of historical data for Nottingham.

This project aimed to enable existing ‘authored content’ such as historical maps, photographs and census data to be explored in the field via a mobile device. Outputs included a working prototype which allowed users to interact with multiple layers of historical mapping. Using a location-aware device, a web-based database of points of interest was accessed, automatically displaying any images triggered by the user’s current location. This formed a test bed for initial explorations of the influence of GPS positioning accuracy and various geo-tagging methods on the user’s experience in the field.