Discovering Eboracum is an ambitious app designed during the in-person Heritage Jam to help people to discover York Roman History through the collections displayed at the Yorkshire Museum and sites around the city. The Discovering Eboracum App is available as a native app for iOS and Android users, via the publicly available Situate app. It is aimed mainly at families and tourists.
The above images demonstrate screen-shots of the app in action - check out the paradata and further information sections below for more!
Our judges could not believe the incredibly impressive depth and breadth of content the team had managed to implement into this GPS driven app over the course of just 48 hours. More than this, however, they were impressed with the artful way the team had woven the artefacts of the Yorkshire Museum into the wider York landscape and context through several layers of narrative. The app, which uses GPS and iBecon tracking, demonstrated an incredible level of technical capability and interpretive depth whilst the exemplary paradata clearly established the need, context and use for the outcome, leading to “Discovering Eboracum” being awarded the Highly Commended position for the 2015 in-person jam.
About the Creators
Valeria is an Italian graduated in Cultural Heritage Sciences, who is now starting a MSc in Digital Heritage at the University of York. She has been involved as a volunteer in several archaeological and cultural heritage projects and museum family activities.
Stephen Elliott runs Llama Digital in Sheffield, UK. Llama Digital has developed Situate - an online system that allows venues to create and manage location-aware mobile apps (using iBeacons and GPS) for self-guided tours. Llama is currently working with a number of museums and galleries.
Pat is a mature student, who has just arrived in York to begin full-time study in Archaeological Information Systems. Pat has a number of years’ experience as a Project Manager working on IT projects, and she has also been involved as a volunteer in archaeological projects in Europe and in Central America. Pat has travelled widely; she began her career in the UK, and subsequently she has lived and worked in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States.
Laura is an undergraduate student at the University of Leeds, studying History and English Literature. She is currently on a year's placement with Leeds Museums and Galleries as a curator's assistant. She has volunteered at various museums and taken part in several youth outreach projects.