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2011 June

Katy Meyers


June 16, 2011

Using Gowalla to Create a Historical Narrative

June 16, 2011 | By | One Comment

Gowalla is a mobile application that allows you to check-in to locations that you are currently located within. You can use it to interact with friends, collect stickers, or go on tours of specific areas. For the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative Fieldschool, our challenge last week was to create a Gowalla trip based on the concept of campus as museum. We worked with the Campus Archaeology Fieldschool students to create a concept, and the next day with implemented this.

The problem with a lot of digital or mobile based tours is that they simply mimic real tours. Most students have taken the general tour of campus, and information about the buildings is freely available in other applications like Foursquare. What we did was to introduce a playful element into the tour to make it more of a narrative. This type of tour is becoming increasingly popular, with museums using augmented reality to Read More

Katy Meyers


June 5, 2011

Adventures in CMS & Learning by Doing

June 5, 2011 | By | No Comments

Prior to this year I didn’t know what CMS meant, and FTP through Filezilla was simply a program that I knew about and thought was way over my head. Over the past semester I have installed Omeka, WordPress, and Mediawiki onto a development server, and uploading through Filezilla has become second nature. While the motto of CHI fellowship is learning by doing, I didn’t understand the power of this technique until recently.

A CMS is a content management system which is used to manage data within an environment online. The system aids in the creation, management, distribution and publication of data. They are the primary way that data is uploaded, integrated and used online. The CMS is installed on a server through an FTP client (File Transfer Protocol), such as Filezilla. Basically, its a method of creating dynamic websites that are based on specific models. Three CMSes that I have worked with Read More