How to Place Your Historical Society on the Map
At this workshop, participants will create an interactive map of historically significant places in Washington County for users of computers, smart phones and tablets, using the OnCell mobile platform.
Mobile technology resides in nearly everyone's pockets. A smartphone is the most indispensable tool for people as they navigate their world. It is vital that cultural and heritage organizations seize the opportunity to meet visitors in their world and give them access to information through their devices. So how can organizations connect with visitors via mobile?
We’ll begin this workshop with a short presentation on the benefits of mobile apps, including visitor engagement, points of access, and leveraging apps as a marketing tool. We’ll review the benefits of creating apps with a content management system, such as OnCell, which allows organizations to build and manage their own mobile apps to help them meet both visitor engagement and accessibility goals.
During the bulk of this workshop, participants will work together to gather information about historical institutions in Eastern Maine and use the OnCell platform to create a prototype digital tour of sites of historical and cultural interest, showcasing the unique heritage of Downeast Maine.
Participants will bring with them their wish list of sites to be included in the app, along with any supporting modern and historic images and scripts for an audio tour. We’ll use OnCell to record our scripts, and then build our tour stops using images and text transcriptions for each point of interest. We’ll then map the locations and set GPS alerts based on a visitor’s location, so they can easily discover nearby points of interest.
Participants will walk away with new ideas on how to approach mobile tech, a solid understanding of best practices, and creative inspiration to take back to their team.
Who should come
This session welcomes individuals across all career levels and positions as variety in perspective drives creativity and collaboration, both of which are essential to building a successful mobile strategy and app.
Registration at least 2 weeks in advance is required so organizers can communicate with registrants about how to prepare for the workshop. Participants will need to bring their own laptops.
Check-in starts at 8:30AM. The workshop starts at 9AM.
Coffee will be available. Bring your own bagged lunch to enjoy at half time!
For more information about this workshop, contact Colin Windhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-726-3905.
This event os co-hosted by the Dennysville River Historical Society and and OnCell.
This workshop is presented by Colin J.C. Windhorst, Ph.D., Digital Curation Program, University of Maine.
The historic Lincoln Memorial Library is located on Route 86 in Dennysville.
Register online: The size of the workshop space limits registration to 24 participants - register early to reserve your space!
Online registration is available until September 27 so organizers can communicate with registrants about how to prepare for the workshop. Participants will need to bring their own laptops.
MAM members enjoy discounted registration (please log in first). If you're not a member, join today!