Sep 252015
 

In conjunction with our Main Library colleagues, the EDINA Mobile Internet project has developed a self-guided tour app using beacons for the main library.

The app has been specifically designed for the Doors Open Days on the 26th and 27th of September 2015. It will allow users to explore the University of Edinburgh’s Main Library through an interactive tour enabling you to learn about the history of the building, discover the exhibitions space and find out more about the library’s varied services and world-class collections.

The app uses beacons to pop up a series of videos as you explore the building(see screenshots below). It is available for download in iOS and Android versions from the Google Play store and the Apple app store :

Android : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fplan.edina.ac.uk.fplan&hl=en_GB

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/main-library-tour/id1040515101?mt=8

Or visit the stores and search for “Main Library Tour”

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FtGB supports Android 4.4

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Dec 092013
 
KitKat

Android 4.4

Fieldtrip GB version 1.3.2 has just been released. This update means that Fieldtrip GB will now support Android 4.4 (KitKat).  If you have set the app to auto-update then you may not even notice.  If you have a new(ish) Android device that runs KitKat and have tried to download FtGB but couldn’t find it in the Play Store, you should now be able to see it (note- still restricted to UK store).

Fieldtrip GB Group data collection crib guide

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Nov 152013
 

We thought we would put together a brief crib guide to help run data collection projects using Fieldtrip GB with a small group.  The idea is to create a form and get the group to download this to their devices, then collect data before uploading it to a central place and visualising the groups data.  This technique can be used to great effect to collect lots of data in a short period of time, or to get groups of school children to collect data on short field class exercises.

Intro
1. Navigate to Fieldtrip GB blog
2. Show the new which has some example of what can be done and the Help
3. Click the Authoring tool link and again
4. Login – you are logging into Dropbox at this point.
5. Explain the menus at the top of the page:
a. Create – create a new form
b. Record viewer – visualise/edit the data you have captured
c. Editors Gallery – some example forms
d. My Editors – a list of forms you have created

Create a new form
6. Create a Form
a. Get the group to decide what to collect (keep it simple – trees, birds, litter, building)
b. Create the form and try to use at least drop down lists, photos, range and text box
7. Save the form – this saves it to the Dropbox account that you logged in to

Download form to device
8. Get the group to start the app on their devices
9. Get them to log in to the shared Dropbox account
10. Select Download from the footer and then select Download Forms
11. You are now ready to collect data, you will find the new form in the Capture Tab (select it in the footer)

Upload data from devices to Dropbox
12. Once we have collected data, select Download tab
13. Press Upload Records – the data will now be pushed from the device to Dropbox

Visualise and export collected data
14. On a desktop/laptop – go back to the Authoring Tool
15. Select Record Viewer
16. Use the Filter Records section to select the form we have just used
17. Press Get Records – they should appear on the map
18. To view/edit the records – press Show Table above the map, you can view/edit each record
19. To export the records, you have several options:
a. GeoJSON – ideal for web mapping/coders
b. KML – Google Earth and easy to get into GIS (ArcGIS/QGIS)
c. CSV – for Excel and GIS
20. To export, select the format and press Export. The data that is exported will reflect the filter you have applied. In most cases you will be exporting all data collected using a particular form, but you could apply a date range filter if you wanted.

That’s it.  Really quite easy isn’t it.  Click here to download the guide as a PDF.

Mar 252013
 

First of all – apologies for this blog going quiet for so long. Due to resource issues its been hard to keep up with documenting our activities. All the same we have been quietly busy continuing work on geo mobile activity and I’m please to announce that we have now releases our Fieldtrip GB app in the Google Play Store  

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We expect the iOS version to go through the Apple App Store  in a few weeks.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting to blog with details of how we implemented this app and why we choose certain technologies and solutions.

Hopefully this will prove a useful resource to the community out there trying to do similar things.

A brief summary. The app uses PhoneGap and OpenLayers so is largely using HTML5 web technologies but wrapped up in a native framework. The unique mapping uses OS Open data including Strategi , Vector Map District  and Land-Form PANORAMA mashed together with path and cycleway data from OpenStreetMap and Natural England.

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Fieldtrip GB is live in Play Store

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Mar 152013
 

Fieldtrip GB is now available to download from the Google Play Store.  This is hugely exciting.  Fear not iPhone users, we haven’t forgotten about you.  We are just about ready to submit the app to the iTunes App Store and will be waiting for it to be approved. This could take up to a couple of weeks. We will let you know when it is approved and ready to download.

Fieldtrip GB is now available at Google Play