Wednesday 13th June, 2012
2:35pm to 3:00pm
Anticipating a spike in Titanic-related questions, reference librarians at the public library researched Halifax’s Titanic connections in advance of the 2012 centenary. A number of sites in the city with Titanic significance were identified, and various historic documents, maps, directories and photographs were used to pin-point their current-day locations. Recent advances in mobile technology enabled a novel approach to compiling the information for the public. A mobile-friendly self-guided tour was developed using a variety of social media and location-based apps including Google Maps, Foursquare, Flickr and Layar. These tools allowed us to capitalize on the geolocation and mapping capabilities of the powerful little computers people carry around with them, without the need for significant technical expertise on our part. By presenting history in geographic context we hoped to enhance the experience for users and bring to life the role our city played in the tragic events of 1912.
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