Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An interesting use of digital assets (NCSU WolfWalk)

Last week, the North Carolina State University Libraries released WolfWalk.  WofWalk is "an innovative tool that makes it easy to explore the NC State campus and its history. WolfWalk capitalizes on the location awareness of today’s mobile devices to allow users to give themselves a self-guided historical walk through NC State’s main campus. As users stroll around campus, their mobile devices detect their current locations and then deliver a tour of nearby buildings and other historically interesting locations. Users with devices that don’t support GPS or other location detection, including older iPods, can manually navigate through the site to enjoy a tour of campus." The press release goes on to say:
The new tool draws on the resources of the University Archives in the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, a vast array of documents, photos, audio files and other historical materials from the founding of the school up through the present.
 There is a preview of WolfWalk available on the NCSU web site.

If you point your mobile browser at http://m.lib.ncsu.edu/wolfwalk, you can use WolfWalk even it you are not on campus.  I just tried it and it is VERY cool!

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