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Transcript of MyMobileBristol and Nature Locator @ osjmob11

Mike Jonesmike.a.jones@bristol.ac.uk

@MrJ1971

#MyMobileBristol #NatureLocator

Nature Locator

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT)

Established in 1996

~50 staff working in R&D,consultancy, support andservices

Expertise in web application development, semantic web, linked data, mobile technologies, social software and data visualisation

Provide an R&D role for IT Services at the University of Bristol

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Mobile Campus AssistantStarted as a JISC funded Rapid Innovation project

6 Month project with 1.1 FTEs, August to November, 2009

Further developed in the JISC funded MyMobileBristol project - collaboration with Bristol City Council (July 2010 to August 2011)

Software available under a BSD-style license

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Rationale

What issues are there in providing a time and location sensitive application for

students?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonivc/2283676770 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nullalux/2261949240

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Where is the nearest open library?

Use Cases

Where is the nearest available PC or wireless hotspot?

What time is the next bus?

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Website or Native App?

(not forgetting PhoneGap, Titanium etc.)Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Mobile Web

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Mobile JISC

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RDF Store

RSS XML HTML

Harvester(s)

Harvest

Update

Harvesting data sourcesTuesday, 5 July 2011

RDF Store

RSS XML HTML

Harvester(s)

Harvest

Update

Query

Restful Interface

HTMLJSON

RDF

Querying the data storeTuesday, 5 July 2011

RDF Store

RSS XML HTML

Harvester(s)

Harvest

Update

Query

Restful Interface

HTMLJSON

RDF

Proxy

Proxy

If all else fails ... screen scrapeTuesday, 5 July 2011

SPARQLEndpoint

RDF Store

RSS XML HTML

Harvester(s)

Harvest

Update

Query

Restful Interface

HTMLJSON

RDF

Proxy

ProxyKML

SPARQL Endpoint and Geo supportTuesday, 5 July 2011

SPARQLEndpoint

RDF Store

RSS XML HTML

Harvester(s)

Harvest

Update

Query

Restful Interface

HTMLJSON

RDF

Proxy

Proxy

LDAP LibrarySystem ?

Query

KML

Extensible RESTful interfaceTuesday, 5 July 2011

Technology Stack

Jersey (JAX-RS Reference Implementation)

Jena Semantic Web Framework

FreeMarker Template Language

H2 Database Engine

Apache MavenJEE Servlet Container

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Native apps can use the data

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Issues about data

Data is in silos

Copyright and IPR issues

Incomplete data

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian-s/2152798588

Copy might not be appropriate for mobile context

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Love thisapplication.

Really good ... Great work!Much needed.

thanks for the work

Some Feedback

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Walking Tour

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Shameless Plug

Transferability Workshop

27 July 2011, Bristol

Sessions on Student Engagement, The Cultural Experience, Local

Authority Engagement and other project outputs.

http://bit.ly/kM48xP

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Further Information

Project Website:http://mymobilebristol.com

Demonstrator:http://m.bristol.ac.uk

Source code:https://github.com/ilrt/mca

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Nature Locator

10 Month Project (ends October 2011)

JISC-funded - geospatial strand

Tracking the spread of an alien species - the leaf miner moth

Supporting the Conker Tree Science project - Universities of Bristol and Hull

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Citizen Science

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannongod/

Members of the public help locate damage caused by an

alien species - leaf miner moth

Photo by Dave Kilby

In 2010 ... (i) Observe evidence of infestation and complete an online form (ii) place a leaf in a

plastic wallet and identify insects emerge ... moths and predators

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2010 Results

2700 people submitted results

Improbable results in survey data: other diseases mis-identified

Photographic evidence needed to verify those results.

How do we obtain, store and manage submitted data?

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Technical Solution ...

HTML 5, CSS3, JavaScript + access to native APIs

Need to access the phonescamera

Targeted iPhone and Android first - option to add support for others devices

http://www.phonegap.com/

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Image + metadata Google App Engine

High Replication Datastore

Photos + Geo-Location

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On the App Store + Market

Search for: Leaf Watch

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Feedback ...

Easy to use, quite self explanatory

Just used app. Seems very easy to use

It is workable, and usable; functional. But it doesn't leave me with a sense of elegance, and grace of delight and pleasure. Which is what Apple keep banging on about, and everyone else gives a resigned sigh.

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Next Stage

Look at approaches to crowd source the data verification ... mobile game?

Visualisation tools? Illustrate the spread of the moth.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37539972@N06/3913505623/

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Further Information

http://www.ourweboflife.org.uk/

http://naturelocator.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/

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Thanks :-)

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