Open Locast: Locative Media Platforms for Situated Cultural Experiences

by Amar Boghani and Federico Casalegno

Our interactions with space are becoming increasingly mediated – the further integration of context-aware mobile devices into everyday life continues to enable new understandings of our surrounding social, cultural and geographic spaces. Utilizing these devices in conjunction with emerging web technologies, online platforms that enable situated cultural experiences centered on the consumption and production of rich media content can be designed. This paper presents two projects based on the Open Locast framework, a web and mobile framework created for the design and development of locative media platforms towards these ends: Locast Tourism, aimed at re-envisioning the tourist experience in the Abruzzo region of Italy, and Memory Traces, a spatially-oriented interactive documentary that presents the stories of prominent Italian American immigrants in the City of Boston.

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