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We are pleased to announce the launch of the MyMobileBristol beta (trial) service at the University of Bristol. It includes timely and location sensitive information such as:

  • Maps of the campus
  • Today’s events
  • PC availability
  • Locations of wireless hotspots

If you have a recent smartphone with web access go to m.bristol.ac.uk on your phone to try it out. You can bookmark this address to get back to it anytime. MyMobileBristol has been designed to work on a range of recent smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and Android devices.

MyMobileBristol is a beta (trial) service. We’re making it available now as we think it will be useful, but it is still new and experimental. It is designed primarily for students, but staff and visitors are also welcome to try it. Whoever you are we would love your feedback on how it works for you or what else you’d like to see included. Please use AskIT or email the lead developer, Mike Jones.

MyMobileBristol is part of the MyMobileBristol project, managed by the Web Futures group of the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), University of Bristol. The project is funded by JISC under their Business and Community Engagement Programme.

I’m really pleased to announce that the MyMobileBristol, in collaboration with DevCSI, are hosting “Developing for the Mobile Web”. This is a free one day workshop exploring how developers can reuse and create web content so that it works on variety of mobile devices using Cascading Style Sheets, HTML 5, Javascript and related tools. It is aimed at developers, web developers and systems administrators, who are interested in developing web applications and content that is mobile device friendly.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 at the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), University of Bristol.

For further details and to book a place, please visit http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/devcsi/mobile_web/index.html

Back in July, developer Damian Steer presented a plenary talk on Mobile technologies and our MobileCampusAssistant software at the Institutional Web Managers Workshop 2010 in Sheffield.
Ariadne excerpt for Damian Steer's Presentation at IWMW 2010
Damian gave a history of mobile phone technology, looking at key features currently in use and likely to become increasingly prevalent and useful in future. You can see an Ariadne article about the conference here: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue64/iwmw-2010-rpt/.

This week we are presenting the MyMobileBristol project at the Open Mobile Solutions Briefing Day at the Apple Executive Briefing Centre, London.

I attended a useful meeting yesterday (via Elluminate), organised by our funders – the JISC Business and Community Engagement programme.

JISC BCE Programme Meeting Elluminate ScreenShot

This gave an opportunity for us to share information about our projects with others and to understand where commonalities arise, so that we can reuse as much relevant know-how and experience as possible over the one-year duration of the programme.

Although ours is the only project in the programme strand that develops with mobile technology, there are other innovative projects working, like us, on opensource code development and facilitating the transfer of the benefits of this institutional innovation to other sectors, including business sectors and the general public. One such example is Southampton University’s Realise project which (in partnership with Sheffield University) will continue work with the Health sector to promote open source technology solutions that assist the elderly and people with disabilities.

I’ve set up facilities that will provide the core of our collaborative platform. These include:

  • A wiki (Confluence) to document the project and collect ideas.
  • A issue tracker (JIRA) to keep track of tasks that need doing and software issues that need resolving.
  • Public mailing lists to discuss ideas.

Please feel free to sign-up for any or all of these resources to get involved in the project or just lurk. 🙂

I’d like to thank Atlassian for kindly giving us open source project licenses for Jira and Confluence.

MyMobileBristol is an exciting, new, twelve-month project being led by the Web Futures group at the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), University of Bristol. The project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) under their Business and Community Engagement Programme.

The project will be a collaboration with Bristol City Council (BCC), and other parties within the region, and will tackle a number of areas of common interest:

  • The integration of time and location sensitive data in the Bristol area.
  • Optimising the delivery of time and location sensitive information for mobile devices, especially in relation to transport information and where there may be benefits in terms of environmental and sustainability impact.
  • Piloting a “campus” application that targets smart-phone users.

MyMobileBristol provides a fantastic opportunity for the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council to collaborate in piloting a sustainable service to benefit both the citizens in Bristol and the University campus community. The project will build upon the deliverables of Mobile Campus Assistant (MCA), a previous, JISC-funded project. Our open source MCA software pilot has demonstrated the usefulness of offering students and staff access to just-in-time information (such as the time of the next bus, university news, PC availability in the library) via their smart-phones. Providing such a service, tailored to users “on the move” around the University campus, will be explored further in this project, as well as opportunities for our solution to be repurposed for other University campuses and businesses in the region.

The project will include a number of deliverables, including:

  • A collaborative, online platform composed of mailing lists, wiki, source code repository and project blog. The platform will support collaboration between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and other interested parties.
  • A Mobile Campus demonstrator installed at the University of Bristol.
  • Stakeholder workshops to help agree project priorities.

More details about the project will appear on this blog throughout the summer. If you are interested in more information please contact us via our mailing list.

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