Title

The ExploreCentral Mobile App: Interpreting Ellensburg through Digital Technology

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Theatre

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Museums, Public History, Art History

Abstract

During 2014-15, students in museum studies have collaborated with computer science students to create a new mobile app called ExploreCentral for Android smart phones. The app makes interpretive materials available on points of interest (e.g., art, history, environmental, architectural) through a GoogleMap interface, allowing users to hear audio and see still images and video related to the location they are standing in front of, at the click of a button. Some of the student-authored audio segments are humorous (e.g., a spoken "commentary" by the statue, Kitt the Coyote) and other are serious (e.g., information on how to find a homeless shelter in town). Students will present their digital segments and discuss the challenges of effective navigation and information architecture through this innovative digital platform.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Mark Auslander

Department/Program

Anthropology & Museum Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Anthropology & Museum Studies

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The ExploreCentral Mobile App: Interpreting Ellensburg through Digital Technology

SURC Theatre

During 2014-15, students in museum studies have collaborated with computer science students to create a new mobile app called ExploreCentral for Android smart phones. The app makes interpretive materials available on points of interest (e.g., art, history, environmental, architectural) through a GoogleMap interface, allowing users to hear audio and see still images and video related to the location they are standing in front of, at the click of a button. Some of the student-authored audio segments are humorous (e.g., a spoken "commentary" by the statue, Kitt the Coyote) and other are serious (e.g., information on how to find a homeless shelter in town). Students will present their digital segments and discuss the challenges of effective navigation and information architecture through this innovative digital platform.