Moving into new research territories, Peter Rogers and Juliet Sprake presented a series of projects that focus on user generated content for tours and guides at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Since 2005 they have been working through several projects to develop understanding of user generated content in museums and sites of special interest in ways that give voice to the visitor. In their talk, “A tale of Two Workhouses”, Pete describes a current project, Vantage Points, a smartphone service that records and classifies features of heritage buildings at risk- such as Strand Union Workhouse in London. The project aims to build contextual information about at risk buildings and thereby contribute to saving/archiving them in the face of erasure. They are conducting a series of experiments to build a service that enables different kinds of users to generate content about a building at risk by:
- Finding the best vantage point of a building at risk, taking a photo and sharing access information;
- Finding, recording and publishing details of the close-up fabric and conjencturing about their identification and importance;
- Augmenting and linking with other online sources of data.
The outcome should hopefully provide enough location date on site to be able to provide an informative tour of the building or site.