The Situ8 web portal was demonstrated as part of the OU’s OpenScience Lab launch, held at the Royal Society in London today. The launch was attended by over 150 delegates from academia, industry, funding bodies, the media, and scientific organisations such as the Royal Geographical Society, Earthwatch, British Antarctic Survey, Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Science Association.
More information about the launch – and the Situ8 demo – can be found on the ScienceOmega website. The OpenScience Lab website is at http://www.opensciencelab.ac.uk. The OpenScience Lab is an online platform for practical science and is jointed funded by The Open University and the Wolfson Foundation.
The first new public demo of the Situ8 web portal was unveiled today, at a workshop at the Open University, on Technology Enhanced Learning in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, co-hosted by eSTEeM and the HEA. The presentation also referenced the prototype Situ8 Android app and the affordances of both, in terms of their functionality and the user experience, together with some example scenarios of use.
Situ8 is a tool designed to enable the delivery and creation of geolocated user-generated content, referred to as Media Objects or MOs. It can be used for both formal and informal learning, citizen science and collection of fieldwork data. It can also be used for audio guides, capturing content around community or digital heritage, where users can upload and share multimedia content (images, video, audio, text and numerical data) that is specific to particular places on a map. Users can also browse/download existing MOs and filter then according to date, author, subject and/or tag.
The Slideshare presentation from this talk can be found here.
Earlier this week I was invited to visit members of the BBC Knowledge and Learning team in Salford Quays, Manchester, to demonstrate my Situ8 app. I was part of a wider OU visit that included representation from the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Open Media Unit (OMU) and other colleagues, including our Head of Broadcasting Caroline Ogilvie. The visit was a great exchange of ideas and new innovations and we look forward to working with the BBC on these more in the future – watch this space!
Following on from the wonderful news that further development of Situ8 is being funded by the OU’s OpenScience Laboratory, I have spent a lot of time over the last couple of days writing a briefing document and doing some wireframing, to help spec out what needs doing. Must give a mention to Juliette Culver in IET, who has been doing a sterling job helping me with amendments and a huge number of helpful suggestions. Definitely a case of two heads being better than one.