Today is the second day of our DMSPathon. Most of our teammates are working from home today (due to the general awful weather), and will be making progress from there. We will be meeting again tomorrow morning to put the finishing touches on things for our presentation. At the moment, I’m not sure if we’ll be able to get the mobile version working for Friday’s presentation, but at the very least we will have the website up and running.
Here is our list from yesterday, with what needs to be done (plus an amendment):
Email our Supervisors with the day, time and location of our presentation
Add colour to the interface (both web and mobile)
Add all text to the website
Get voice attached to texts (record voice, embed Soundcloud link)
Create Powerpoint–>visuals (Esmy) and text (Beth)
Link the various pieces together
Put QR code into poster and reprint
Print feedback forms
Make sure that the mood and tour length are included in database
Now, the text is all listed in the Database. It’s just a matter of ensuring its all placed properly in the site.
Bing is recording a friend read through five of the texts, to create an example of the text being read. We’ve run into difficulties with the Cereproc (namely, our texts are too long for it to handle reading), and have set that aside until the final submission–hopefully we’ll be able to get it to work.
Jessica is still hard at work trying to figure out the issue with the Map Overlays. We will be printing out our poster today or tomorrow.
Esmy’s working on the powerpoint for our presentation.
Yesterday, Yi made a couple of fabulous improvements to our website–adding in some blue ‘book marks’ to add some colour to the site. It really looks professional now.
Wen and Michelle are working on getting the PHP portion of the site and the front end to integrate–this will be done for tomorrow.
Over the past week, I have been trying to implement the georeferenced map overlays (see below post). This task has turned out to be more complicated than I thought. All code examples I have available seem to be from the V.2 Google Map API and we are using the V.3 for Literary High Street. It took me a while (a week) to realize that the code was not working because one of the variable function no longer exists for V.3 (yay!) Because NLS has used V.2, it is a bit difficult and disappointing.
But, I will not give up yet! I am messing around with the code trying to make adaptions to work in v.3. I hope to have at least one overlay for the presentation on Friday.
(This is just to further Beth’s discussion below about our previous blog)
I don’t think there is an option to transfer blog posts on this particular account, but for the first few weeks, we were using this blog to share initial inspirations and ideas for the project. You can also find our individual prototype and poster designs too!
We also discussed the possibility of map overlays being used for the mobile version. We decided that it may be best to not include them for the mobile because of server issues with loading content (georeferenced overlays are being pulled from the NLS site and slow loading times may occur) and perhaps may be overcomplicated for the phone version. A simple map with markers may be preferable for users on the go.
So, lots of great ideas, but little time left! I hope to implement 1 or two overlays for the presentation and for the April 27th submission, possibly more if time permits. I think the maps will add a great element to the feel of the project and perhaps contribute to the user experience.
Starting on Tuesday, we are going to have a DMSP-athon. 10 am until some point in the evening, followed by a second round on Wednesday, also beginning at 10 am.
Our schedule for the upcoming week:
Tuesday-work all day
Wednesday-finish and troubleshoot
We decided that as there is a bug with Cereproc, we’re going to make a few canned recordings, just to be on the safe side.
Everyone needs to send me their three bullet points for discussion by Saturday.
For our presentation:
The website must be completed
The mobile version must be completed, along with geolocation working and map
We need something for the voice. Even if the user has to press play when at a location. Either us an actor or mac voice synthesis.
At our supervisor/reality check meeting on Thursday, we had a good critique on how the project looks. John met with us to give his opinion on how the project looks. We are having difficulty getting the project to look right on different screens–it looks best on an iPad, is near impossible to read on an iPhone, and is good enough on a PC.
We are having a few disagreements on how the website should be put together (linked pages versus slides) but they are, hopefully, resolved.
Bing has put together a really good Flickr album with photographs for our website.
We are running into difficulty with the CereProc cloud API, and are meeting Monday afternoon to discuss.
As team leader, I have my concerns about the project being completed on time. I’m not sure if we’ll be able to get the Geolocation and voice synthesis portions completed on time for our presentation.
As we are presenting on Friday, 6 April, this is what absolutely must be accomplished by then:
-Mobile site up and running
Today we had a group meeting to discuss the progress we have made over the week. Wen has created the database and has successfully linked the markers with coordinates (yay!) Yi has made more progress on the website design and has added an ‘about’ page with information about the project & team. Jessica is continuing work on the map overlay and social media. Beth and Michelle are working on the CereProc cloud API while Esme is working on the animation for the website.
Some issues we are trying to solve is linking the marker points to specific Panoramas. We will be exploring use with AJAX and playing around with PHP to get this working. The map overlay is proving to be more difficult than expected and may need to seek help with these problems during the next week.
We set a date for the presentation and discussed presentation plans. We hope to hold the presentation in the atrium, using the projector to introduce and demonstrate the website. We then will take a group to the Royal Mile to test out the mobile-version of the application. Alternatively, users can stay in the Atrium and use web version.
Tomorrow we will be meeting with the group for a reality check with the supervisors.
Had a very successful group meeting today. Much progress has been made on our website (way to go Yi!), databases (good job Wen) and map (yay Jessica and Wen).
We still have
1. Fix links on map–click & move to panorama and text
2. Change Tour Time to: Short, Medium, Long
a. Short has texts 1-8
b. Medium has texts 1-16
c. Long has texts 1-24
3. Literary High Street Flickr Account–create
4. CereProc (read documentation)
5. Acknowledgment page
6. Mobile version of website