Gabriel WURZER1 | Hans RESCHREITER2 | Fiona POPPENWIMMER2 | Jiri UNGER3 | Christoph LOBINGER4 | Christiane HEMKER4
(1Technische Universität Wien | 2Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna Austria | 3Czech Academy of Sciences Prague, Czech Republic | 4Landesamt für Archäologie Sachsen, Dresden, Germany)
Keywords: Location-based cellphone apps; app production; web technologies
The technical divide between app producers and archaeologists has led to a situation in which publication of heritage on mobile devices is hindered by lack of funding: Programming an app is expensive; keeping the content up to date furthermore requires regular updates which add up to the running costs.
In our work for the EU Project VirtualArch, we have thus sought a way in which archaologists can cross this technical barrier and produce a location-based App without need for programming or external consultancy.
Since archaeologists are perfectly capable of producing content, they can now disseminate their work frequently to a wider public, without being hindered by technological and/or financial barriers. Our portal is open-source, allowing a wide range of disciplines who are occupied with location-based presentations (e.g. also tourist offices, festivals etc.) to benefit from our proposed approach.
Relevance for the conference: This contribution enables to produce a location-based heritage app without needing to program
Relevance for the session: We present a “from zip to app”-workflow as a main contribution and discussion point among the session
Innovation: Transforms a folder + file hierarchy into a location-based app
• E Dobat, S Walkshofer & C Flügel (2013): ‘Mainlimes Mobil: Presenting Archaeology and Museums with the Help of Smartphones’, in Nigel Mills (Ed.), ‘ Presenting the Romans: Interpreting the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site’, Heritage Matters 12, Boydell & Brewer and Boydell Press, pp. 103-112. see online: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7722/j.ctt31nhq2
• H Von Seggern (2017, in press): ‘ Museum 4.0: On the use and abuse of mobile digital devices in museums and archaeological sites’, in Proceedings of CHNT 2017, abstract available online: https://www.chnt.at/museum-4-0-on-the-use-and-abuse-of-mobile-digital-devices-in-museums-and-archaeological-sites/