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HD-50995-10
Historic Overlays on Smart Phones
Joan Decker, City of Philadelphia, Department of Records

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Seeing Philadelphia's Past in Augmented Reality (Article)
Title: Seeing Philadelphia's Past in Augmented Reality
Author: Deborah Boyer and Andrew Thompson
Abstract: In February 2010, the Philadelphia Department of Records received a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (http://www.neh.gov/ODH/ ) to research and develop a prototype mobile AR application that would enable users, via their smartphones, to view historic photographs of Philadelphia as overlays on the current urban landscape. By using the geographic coordinates tracked as part of the PhillyHistory.org digitization process, the DOR hoped the prototype could accurately place the images in 3D space and create an immersive user experience. The idea was that users could walk down the street and watch as historical photos of the immediate area appeared on their smartphone screens, as if they were fixed-position “billboards” superimposed on the phone camera’s view of the current locations.
Year: 2011
Primary URL: http://www.gislounge.com/augmented-reality/
Access Model: open access
Format: Magazine
Periodical Title: GIS Lounge
Publisher: Caitlin Dempsey Morais, Editor

Augmented Reality for Cultural Institutions (whitepaper) - (Report)
Title: Augmented Reality for Cultural Institutions (whitepaper) -
Author: Deborah Boyer and Andrew Thompson
Abstract: In spring 2010, the Philadelphia Department of Records (DOR), an Azavea client, was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to research the use of mobile augmented reality technology in displaying a large database of historic photographs. They partnered with Azavea to conduct the research and create a prototype smartphone application (iPhone and Android) that enables users to view historic images as overlays on the current landscape. In creating the application, we drew from the huge collection of nearly 93,000 images available on PhillyHistory.org, a previous project we created with DOR. But how to actually make it happen? We approached application development with many questions. Is augmented reality (AR) a useful method for showing the history of Philadelphia and helping users to see the connections between the past and the present? Is AR technology advanced enough to make this type of application possible? Are smartphone networks fast enough? Is the phone able to pinpoint a user’s location accurately enough to load images of that location even in a crowded urban setting? For the answers to these questions and many more, check out our research results in our "Implementing Mobile Augmented reality Technology for Viewing Historic Images" white paper.
Date: 04/01/10
Primary URL: http://www.azavea.com/research/company-research/augmented-reality/
Access Model: open access

Implementing Mobile Augmented Reality Applica¬tions for Cultural Institutions (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Implementing Mobile Augmented Reality Applica¬tions for Cultural Institutions
Author: Deborah Boyer and J. Marcus
Abstract: In Spring 2010, the City of Philadelphia Department of Records received an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant to investigate mobile augmented reality technology for use in displaying overlays of historic photographs on the current urban landscape. The project utilized the resources of PhillyHistory.org, a collaborative online database of historic photographs and maps from five Philadelphia area institutions. This paper will examine the state of mobile augmented reality technology and its current and possible applications for use within cultural institutions. Through an exploration and evaluation of the successes and challenges of the Department of Records’ augmented reality project, we will investigate how this technology can be applied to other archives and museums.
Date: 03/31/2011
Primary URL: http://www.museumsandtheweb.com/mw2011/papers/implementing_mobile_augmented_reality_applicat.html


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