Mbira: A Platform to Build, Serve, and Sustain Mobile Heritage Experiences

Mbira: A Platform to Build, Serve, and Sustain Mobile Heritage Experiences

The spaces we inhabit and interact with on a daily basis are made up of layers of cultural activity that are, quite literally, built up over time. While museum exhibits, archaeological narratives, and public archaeology programs communicate this heritage, they do not generally allow for interactive, place-based, and individually driven exploration by the public. In recent years, mobile and augmented reality applications have offered both platforms and models for mobile heritage experiences that partially address these issue. Unfortunately, the bar for developing mobile heritage applications is getting increasingly more difficult to reach for many heritage institutions and projects. Quite simply, building robust mobile applications is too technically complicated and specialized for many in the heritage community.

It is within this context that this paper will introduce and explore mbira. Currently being developed at Michigan State University, mbira is an open source platform that empowers cultural heritage institutions, archaeological projects, and heritage landscapes to create, serve, manage, and sustain engaging mobile heritage experiences. Special attention will be paid to the design metaphor of “space and place as museum” that is woven into the fabric of mbira. In addition the paper will explore mbira’s features that support multivocality and public discourse.

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Ethan Watrall

June 17, 2015
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  1. MBIRA Ethan Watrall Department of Anthropology MATRIX: The Center for

    Digital Humanities & Social Sciences Michigan State University @captain_primate | watrall@msu.edu A PLATFORM TO BUILD, SERVE, AND SUSTAIN MOBILE HERITAGE EXPERIENCES
  2. rideau.timescapes.ca @captain_primate | #DH2015

  3. mobilehistorical.org | clevelandhistorical.org @captain_primate | #DH2015

  4. archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/research/archbritapp @captain_primate | #DH2015

  5. 2UNDERLYING LIMITATIONS @captain_primate | #DH2015

  6. campusarch.msu.edu u @captain_primate | #DH2015

  7. v @captain_primate | #DH2015

  8. msu.seum msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu @captain_primate | #DH2015

  9. PROJECT GOALS MSU.SEUM v EXPOSE AND EXPLORE THE PROCESS BY

    WHICH THAT HERITAGE WAS UNCOVERED (QUITE LITERALLY, IN MANY CASES) CREATE A MOBILE EXPERIENCE THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO ENGAGE WITH THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS u @captain_primate | #DH2015 msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu
  10. PROJECT GOALS MSU.SEUM v EXPOSE AND EXPLORE THE PROCESS BY

    WHICH THAT HERITAGE WAS UNCOVERED (QUITE LITERALLY, IN MANY CASES) CREATE A MOBILE EXPERIENCE THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO ENGAGE WITH THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS u @captain_primate | #DH2015 msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu
  11. CAMPUS ARCHAEOLOGY FIELDSCHOOL campusarch.msu.edu @captain_primate | #DH2015

  12. CAMPUS AS MUSEUM msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu @captain_primate | #DH2015

  13. msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu CAMPUS EXHIBITS @captain_primate | #DH2015

  14. EXHIBIT LOCATIONS msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu @captain_primate | #DH2015

  15. DIGGING DEEPER msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu @captain_primate | #DH2015

  16. github.com/matrix-msu/msu.seum @captain_primate | #DH2015

  17. WHERE TO GO FROM HERE? @captain_primate | #DH2015

  18. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  19. Open source platform designed to empower individuals, projects, and institutions

    to create and sustain compelling mobile heritage experiences. MBIRA mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015
  20. SITUATING MBIRA THEORETICALLY v APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY APPLIED (PUBLIC) HERITAGE u

    w COMMUNITY & PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015
  21. u LOWERING BARRIER TO ENTRY v CO-CREATION, MULTIVOCALITY w EXPOSING

    PROCESS & PRODUCT mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015
  22. CMS/DIGITAL REPOSITORY MBIRA PLUGIN MOBILE TEMPLATES mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate

    | #DH2015
  23. MBIRA PLUGIN MOBILE TEMPLATES CMS/DIGITAL REPOSITORY mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate

    | #DH2015
  24. kora.matrix.msu.edu | @kora_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  25. KORA MBIRA PLUGIN MOBILE TEMPLATES mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate |

    #DH2015
  26. SPACE & PLACE AS MUSEUM mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate |

    #DH2015
  27. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  28. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  29. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  30. Location Name Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

    Aenean aliquam elit eu tincidunt dignissim. Proin tincidunt orci sed commodo... VIEW LOCATION mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015
  31. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  32. DIGGING DEEPER mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  33. BEYOND POINTS & SPACES BUILDING EXPLORATIONS @captain_primate | #DH2015

  34. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  35. CO-CREATION, MULTIVOCALITY, & COMMUNITY mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  36. SHARING SOCIALLY @captain_primate | #DH2015

  37. SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  38. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  39. GETTING BEYOND COMMENTING ENCOURAGING CONVERSATION @captain_primate | #DH2015

  40. PARTICIPATE IN CONVERSATION mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  41. USER GENERATED CONTENT @captain_primate | #DH2015

  42. USER CONTRIBUTED MEDIA mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  43. RECOGNIZING & RESPECTING CITIZEN SCHOLARS @captain_primate | #DH2015

  44. USER BADGES USER BADGES mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  45. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015 project member project scholar

    citizen scholar
  46. HOW? mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  47. HUMAN MEDIATED AUTOMATED Project administrators assign roles based on personal

    communication, previously known/ established expertise, etc. Potential citizen experts are flagged and suggested to project administrators based on computational analysis of conversation mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015
  48. MOBILE TEMPLATES MBIRA PLUGIN KORA mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate |

    #DH2015
  49. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  50. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  51. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  52. MOBILE TEMPLATES MBIRA PLUGIN KORA mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate |

    #DH2015
  53. MOBILE TEMPLATES MBIRA PLUGIN mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  54. mbira.matrix.msu.edu | @mbira_matrix @captain_primate | #DH2015

  55. github.com/matrix-msu/mbira-plugin @captain_primate | #DH2015

  56. mbira.matrix.msu.edu @captain_primate | #DH2015 mbira.matrix.msu.edu/try login: demo password: demodemo

  57. FIN Ethan Watrall Department of Anthropology MATRIX: The Center for

    Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Michigan State University @captain_primate | watrall@msu.edu (THE END)