“Landvermesser.tv” is Map-based Storytelling

Monday, 21 July 2008

n-tv berichtet über eine Kulturprojekt, das im Juli 2008 in Berlin startet:

„Wir haben uns alle mit Literatur, Websites und Geotags beschäftigt und wollten das verschmelzen“, erklärt Tatjana Brode, die neben Jens Krisinger und Mathias Ott zu den Initiatoren des Projektes gehört. Kartenbasiertes Erzählen bedeute bislang meist, zweckorientierte oder historische Informationen zu verorten, so Brode weiter. „Uns war es wichtig, die Eindrücke der Stadt um eine fiktionale Komponente zu erweitern und ihnen eine literarische Bedeutung zu geben. Deshalb haben wir auf den Spaziergängen versucht, den Autoren ihre Geschichten zu entlocken und die Stadt als Buch zu öffnen.“

Quelle: http://www.n-tv.de/995043.html


Ushahidi maps violence in Kenya

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Ushahidi

About

Ushahidi.com is a tool for people who witness acts of violence in Kenya in these post-election times. You can report the incident that you have seen, and it will appear on a map-based view for others to see. We are working with local Kenyan NGO’s to get information and to verify each incident.

What you can do is get the word out about Ushahidi so that it’s utilized to it’s full potential. This especially extends to talking to the people that you know who have seen things in Kenya and getting them to the site as well. You can also help by using the contact form to volunteer to help with the tracking and verifying of each incident.”

http://www.ushahidi.com/about.asp

Erik Hersman presented the project at Where 2.0


VC for Geoweb available

Thursday, 15 May 2008

“Location-based services and the geoweb, in confluence with social media, are hot areas of interest for venture investors.” Dev Khare, Venlock, was looking for projects at Where 2.0

http://www.slideshare.net/dkman/emerging-opportunities-on-the-geoweb/


Geographic News Filter “EveryBlock”

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

EveryBlock

“‘What’s happening in my neighborhood?’

For a long time, that’s been a tough question to answer. In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering. Every day, a wealth of local information is created — officials inspect restaurants, journalists cover fires and Web users post photographs — but who has time to sort through all of that?

Our mission at EveryBlock is to solve that problem. We aim to collect all of the news and civic goings-on that have happened recently in your city, and make it simple for you to keep track of news in particular areas. We’re a geographic filter — a “news feed” for your neighborhood, or, yes, even your block.

At this time, we cover three American cities: Chicago, New York and San Francisco. On each site, you can type in any address to read local news and public information near you. You’ll find three main types of news:

  • Civic information — building permits, crimes, restaurant inspections and more. In many cases, this information is already on the Web but is buried in hard-to-find government databases. In other cases, this information has never been posted online, and we’ve forged relationships with governments to make it available.
  • News articles and blog entries — major newspapers, community weeklies, TV and radio news stations, local specialty publications and local blogs. We do the work of classifying articles by geography, so you can easily find the mainstream media coverage near particular locations.
  • Fun from across the Web — local photos posted to the Flickr photo-sharing site, user reviews of local businesses on Yelp, lost and found postings from Craigslist and more. We figure out the relevant places and point you to location-specific items you might not have known about.

We like to toss around the word “news” to describe all of this, and that might surprise you at first. Isn’t news what appears on the front page of the New York Times? Isn’t news something produced by professional journalists?

Well, it can be — and we include as much of that on EveryBlock as possible. But, in our minds, “news” at the neighborhood or block level means a lot more. On EveryBlock, “Somebody reviewed the new Italian restaurant down the street on Yelp” is news. “Somebody took a photo of that cool house on your block and posted it to Flickr” is news. “The NYPD posted its weekly crime report for your neighborhood” is news. If it’s in your neighborhood and it happened recently, it’s news on EveryBlock.”

http://www.everyblock.com/about/

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


Locative Journalism

Sunday, 11 May 2008

LoJo

What is LoJo?
Shorthand for locative journalism, LoJo is the name of a project launched by a team of Northwestern University graduate students to study the intersection of journalism and emerging location-based technologies. Through this project, we hope to create interactive and informative mobile experiences that push innovation in journalism.


What is locative storytelling?

Using the bouquet of emerging mobile and location-based technologies (from GPS-enabled mobile phones to interactive online maps), locative storytelling provides multi-media content that enhances a user’s connection to a given place. At its best, this kind of interactive media gives users increased entry points, and more control over, any given story, thereby enabling deeper and more vibrant experiences.


What are some examples?

If you’ve ever been on an audio tour of a museum or a city neighborhood, you’ve experienced locative storytelling. Other examples include Google mash-ups (user-enhanced Google maps that layer location-specific information over area maps) and GPS-based mobile games.

http://lojoconnect.com/about-lojo/



Electric GPS Tour Car

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

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“Come in and try our new GPS based audio tours which will guide you through the streets of San Francisco . With the option of taking three different routes you can discover popular attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and some other hidden treasures of our beautiful city such as the Japanese Tea Garden and the Painted Ladies. Along with driving directions, our GPS technology will also offer you music, sound effects, and historical background on the sites.”

Electric Time Car Rentals


Cabspotting

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

About This Video
“One Yellow Cab in San Francisco followed for 3 days using GPS data provided by cabspotting.org

An applet: http://www.mangtronix.com/cabspotting/cablet/


GPS-Game “König Lustik” (German only)

Monday, 31 March 2008

“König Lustik” ist ein GPS-Spiel “des Jugendamtes/Kommunales Jugendbildungswerkes der Stadt Kassel in Kooperation mit der Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (mhk) und mit finanzieller Unterstützung des Museumsvereins Kassel e.V.”:

“Jede Station führt die Kinder an einen anderen Ort, der zu den Zeiten von König Jérôme Bonaparte von Bedeutung war. Kleine Geschichten erzählen, wie es damals war. Los ging es vor dem Fridericianum – dort, wo bis zum 29. Juni die große Ausstellung zu König Lustik zu sehen ist. Um die Orte, Hinweise und Schätze des GPS-Spiels zu König Lustik zu finden, geben die Spielhauskids die Koordinaten für die erste Station ein. Hierbei bekommen sie Hilfe von den beiden Erwachsenen. Bei den weiteren Stationen klappt es schon alleine, der Umgang mit der Technik bereitet keine Schwierigkeiten. Begleitet wurde die Gruppe bei ihrer Schatzsuche übrigens von einem Kameramann des Offenen Kanal Kassels – nach anfänglicher Aufregung vor laufender Kamera so normal wie möglich zu sein, war die Kamera schnell vergessen. Viel zu spannend und aufregend war der Umgang mit den GPS-Geräten und die Aussicht mit ihnen ‚Schätze’ in und um die Kasseler Innenstadt zu entdecken.”

Source: nh24


Antenna Audio and Citysearch are barcoding San Francisco with Scanbuy

Sunday, 30 March 2008

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Press Release:

Citysearch & Antenna Audio Deploy Scanbuy’s Mobile Barcode Technology to San Francisco, Enabling Instant Access to Information

Scanbuy’s Technology Turns Camera Phones into Barcode Scanners – Connecting People to Local Information On-the-Go for the First Time in US

New York – March 26, 2008 – Citysearch, a leading online local information guide and an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), and Antenna Audio, a global leader in audio interpretation, announced separately today that they will deploy Scanbuy’s advanced barcode technology giving mobile phone users instant access to a wide range of local information when and where they need it most. Today’s launch marks the first time Scanbuy’s technology has been used to deliver local, mobile content in the United States.

By using ScanLife technology from Scanbuy, a global leader in mobile marketing solutions that turns camera phones into barcode scanners, Citysearch will link San Francisco users to local content on various restaurants, businesses and leading services while Antenna Audio will provide instant information about local historical landmarks.

More than 500 restaurants and businesses in San Francisco will display ScanLife 2D barcodes, called EZcodes, which deliver Citysearch’s original and consumer-generated reviews directly to a user’s phone, allowing immediate access to relevant information and eliminating the extra steps of typing lengthy website addresses into mobile browsers.

“People visit Citysearch.com daily for information about places to go in their city and now with ScanLife EZcodes, they can review information exactly when they need it most – at a local business’s front door,” said Rob Angel, Vice President, Media & Advertising, Citysearch. “EZcodes give locals and visitors the power of the Internet without having to search through information they don’t need. It fundamentally changes the user experience because it allows instant, up-to-the-minute access to the reviews and recommendations most relevant to the user at that moment.”

Audio tour provider Antenna Audio, acquired by Discovery Communications, Inc. in 2006, is using ScanLife to provide audio clips of local San Francisco landmarks right to an individuals’ mobile phone. This content has historically required hardware rental from locations like museums and galleries.

“In partnering with Scanbuy, Antenna Audio is hoping to drive users of mobile devices to access destination relevant content using ScanLife 2D technology as they explore the city”, said Sarah Dines, Managing Director of Antenna Audio for the Americas. “Our goal is to provide a first-rate audio experience for every user, and this mobile technology is a fantastic way to bring tours to as many people throughout San Francisco as possible.”

ScanLife technology uses camera phones to connect the physical world to the digital world. Businesses and content providers can use EZcodes to extend brand engagement onto mobile devices. At the same time, it affords mobile phone users the luxury of getting the most up-to-date information quickly and easily at the time they are actively making decisions or looking for answers.

All EZcodes can be accessed by users with compatible phones after downloading the free ScanLife software though the mobile browser at http://www.getscanlife.com, or by texting SCAN to 70734. Because of their simple design, EZcodes are supported by over 65 different camera phone models from all major US wireless carriers. The ScanLife Code Registry and Management platform has been deployed in France, Spain, the Philippines, Brazil and the United States.

“We are thrilled to have the potential of ScanLife fully realized by both Citysearch and Discovery Communications in this project,” said Jonathan Bulkeley, Chief Executive Officer of Scanbuy. “These partners are a natural fit, as they provide the most up-to-date and in-depth local information. This is a great opportunity to provide individuals throughout San Francisco instant access to a wealth of information from Citysearch about their favorite places and inside information about historical landmarks from the leader in audio tours, Discovery Communications.”

About Antenna Audio For more over 20 years, Antenna Audio has been the leading provider of audio and audio-visual interpretation to museums, exhibitions, historic sites and visitor attractions around the world. Today, we distribute more than 20 million tours every year and have a network of 16 offices around Europe, North America and Asia, currently employing around 350 full time staff. Acquired in April 2006 by Discovery Communications, Inc., Antenna Audio is now part of the leading real-world media brand on all platforms. Discovery Communications is the number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. For more information about Antenna Audio, please visit http://www.antennaaudio.com.

About Citysearch Citysearch is a leading local search and directory company that provides the most up-to-date information on businesses, from restaurants and retail, to travel and professional services. Citysearch empowers consumers to make informed decisions about where to spend their time and money by delivering trusted content, local expertise and helpful tools, including over 18 million local business listings and over 1.5 million user reviews nationwide. Citysearch is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). For more information, visit: http://www.citysearch.com

About Scanbuy, Inc. Scanbuy is the leading global provider of mobile marketing solutions that use the camera phone as the link between the physical world and the digital world. Scanbuy’s 2D barcode capture technology is revolutionizing the way media companies, marketers, handset manufacturers and carriers around the world provide information and services to consumers on their mobile phones. Founded in 2000, Scanbuy has a strong and growing intellectual property base in 2D barcode technology. The company’s investors include Longworth Venture Partners, Masthead Venture Partners and Hudson Ventures. For more information about Scanbuy solutions, please visit http://www.scanbuy.com or http://www.scanlife.com.

Via http://www.sys-con.com/read/528624.htm


Southampton’s Hidden Histories – Locative FM

Saturday, 29 March 2008

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Hidden Histories of Southampton” is a oral history project using sort of a “Locative FM”. The project was launched on 14 March 2008. The press release:

Discover Southampton’s Hidden Histories

Southampton’s fascinating history is to be uncovered for all to hear as the revolutionary new concept of Street Radio comes to the city.

A unique street radio system, will be used across an exciting new heritage trail called Hidden Histories, which will be launched in Central Southampton on March 14 in the run up to Southampton ShowsOff, which is running throughout the weekend to show case Southampton’s creativity, talent and culture.

Street Radio is a new way of experiencing the city. The system utilises wireless communication technologies such as WIFI and Bluetooth in combination with FM radio to create captive ‘puddles’ where particular stories and themes can be heard.

By broadcasting using very weak radio transmitters a selection of stories from the Oral History Unit can be heard along 10 nodal points in the city where byte-sized stories are transmitted. These nodes link together to form a media rich walk that transports people through the changing life of the city.

“Hidden Histories makes accessible some of the highs and lows of Southampton’s 20th Century history, the glory of great ships and journeys as well as the disasters and long forgotten tales,” said Arts and Heritage Manager, Janet Owen.

The walk begins in and around the proposed ‘Cultural Quarter’ on Above Bar Street and the Civic Centre complex. And you can experience the walk 24 hours a day, seven days a week through any FM radio receiver or Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

Route maps and radio units can be hired from Southampton’s Tourist Information Centre and more information can be found at http://www.hiddenhistories.org.uk

Cabinet member for Leisure and Neighbourhoods, Councillor Derek Burke, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to enjoy Southampton’s history in a completely new and stimulating way using the latest technology.”

The Solent Centre for Architecture + Design, in partnership with London based media art innovators Hive Networks and artist Armin Medosch, have been working with Southampton City Council’s Oral History Unit on this unique project.”

http://www.hiddenhistories.org.uk/?id=hiddenhistoriespress


“Urbanista diaries” – N82 promotion

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

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A storytelling project as a promotion for the Nokia N82 . The urbanista diaries: Four Bloggers are travelling around the world, recording their journey and people with their N82. By Nokia’s Sports tracker application the audience can track the bloggers’ activities in real time.

More on the campaign at GPS Business News.


“Plazemarks” – Mobile Tagging at Berlin

Saturday, 22 March 2008

A 2006 project by the Berliner artist Aram Bartholl (http://www.datenform.de/vitaeng.html):

“To make the digital layer of plazes visible in the city a selected number of plazes in Berlin got marked by interactive tags on the sidewalk. Each of these Plazemarks are individual icons but they all share the same graphical language. Each Plazemark has the Webadress of the specific plaze of Plazes.com encrypted. The technology behind these icons is called “Shotcode”. By using a standard mobile phone it is possible to decode the encrypted ink and browse to the specific plaze. A small java application decodes the tag from a picture taken by the phone’s camera.”

http://www.datenform.de/plazemarkeng.html

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GPS Drawings Gallery

Sunday, 16 March 2008

“The [Gallery] contains GPS drawings created over land, on water, and in the air along with GPS maps and experiments. There are also contributions from around the world. GPS tracks have been sent from pilots, skydivers, skiers, hikers, cyclists, joggers, and whale hunters.The [Projects] contain specialized ventures that merit specific attention such as animations, documentation of exhibitions, GPS mapping, computer and cardboard models, and workshops conducted in galleries, museums, and in schools.”http://www.gpsdrawing.com

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GPS city game at Jena

Sunday, 9 March 2008

The Berlin-based company tranformat recently announced the production of a gps urban game for the city Jena, Thuringia, Germany.

“31.01.2008
Jena bekommt “Schnapphans” – ein GPS-Stadtspiel

Ab Sommer ’08 können sich die Jenaer ebenso wie die Besucher der Stadt mit einem Leih-PDA auf eine interaktive Entdeckungstour durch Jena begeben. Die technische Umsetzung des anspruchsvollen Spielkonzepts von art+wege aus Weimar übernimmt transformat.”

http://www.location-based-media.de/


Play REXplorer@Regensburg

Sunday, 9 March 2008

A pervasive game for the exploration of the ancient city Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany.

“Besucher werden gebeten, als wissenschaftliche Assistenten merkwürdige Phänomene in der Altstadt Regensburgs zu untersuchen. Für ihre Feldforschung erhalten die Teilnehmer einen Apparat mit künstlicher Intelligenz, der es erlaubt, mit historischen und sagenhaften Charakteren wie durch ein Walkie Talkie Kontakt aufzunehmen und sogar mit diesen per Gestik zu interagieren.

Der Apparat hilft und kommentiert das Abenteuer auf ironische Weise, und es zeigt sich alsbald, dass die Stadt von einer “immerwährenden Magie” durchwoben ist. Tagessieger wird, wer möglichst viel von dieser Magie aufspürt und die Aufgaben, die die Charaktere stellen, gemeinsam mit anderen ?REXplorern? löst.

Die einzelnen Stationen der Erkundungsreise durch die Altstadt werden automatisch als multimediales Tagebuch (blog) aufbereitet, das als persönliches Souvenir dient. (Game Design: Steffen P. Walz)”

http://www.rex-regensburg.de/stadtspiel/rexplorer/


GPS Drawings: “Message in a Bottle” (2004ff.)

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Layla Curtis - Message in a bottle

About the project:

“On 25th May 2004, fifty bottles containing messages were released into the sea off the south-east coast of England near Ramsgate Maritime Museum, Kent. The intended destination of the bottles is The Chatham Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The islands, which are 800km east of mainland New Zealand, are the nearest inhabited land to the precise location on the opposite side of the world to Ramsgate Maritime Museum. It is anticipated that the bottles may be found several times before reaching the Chatham Islands.

Several of the bottles are being tracked using GPS technology and are programmed to send their longitude and latitude coordinates back to Ramsgate every hour. The information they transmit is used to create a real time drawing of their progress.”

http://www.laylacurtis.com/bottle/home.htm
Via Pasta&Vinegar