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= Welcome to the Visitas project =
Mobile guide for the mobile generation
The majority of people has always access to a mobile phone. Despite that fact, there are a lot of information to visitors that assumes that you are using a computer. And a computer works of course fine when you sit at home or in your hotel room and are planning your activities, but works less well when you are on the go and want to know things then and there.
The need for information which is accessible via mobile phone is something the Visitas project has taken on. The project will produce a feature-rich Digital Guide that the visitor surfs to using the mobile phone´s web browser. By building the solution using open source and also make the finished product available as open source achieve various positive effects for the region in general and for entrepreneurs in the creative and tourism sector especially.
The digital guide will increase the level of service to visitors, but will also stimulate economic activity of various kinds. A Glass Blower near the old church will receive more visitors and the restaurant near the memorial will have more lunch guests since the will be able make their existence known for people visiting the nearby sights. This will benefit both the visitors whose experience of the visit will be enhanced and various entrepreneurs will get more customers and more money in the till. The Digital Guide is basically a website designed for the mobile phone's small screen. The Digital Guide provides information via this website about various sights, restaurants and other things of interest. The guide has audio playback functions, map- functions, rating and comment features among many other things.
Link to the Social Web The digital guide is linked to the Flickr photo database so that you can see pictures taken by the public from the area in which the Point Of Interest is situated. Visitors can also rate and comment the Point Of Interest and of course also read other visitors ratings and comments. This makes it easier to assess whether a place or a restaurant is worth visiting or not. There is also a way to get contents to be user-driven. Various studies have shown that content created by users is more read an and is perceived as more credible than information created by an editor or a company.
Open source means freedom and flexibility The digital guide is based on a web publishing system called Joomla. Joomla is in turn based on products like Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. All these are licensed as Open Source Software which means that they are free for anyone who wants to use them or adapt them to suit their needs.
An example of this is that the Digital Guide that has been developed in the project has focused on Point Of Interest that was affected by the last war on Swedish soil, the war of 1808-1809, and restaurants etc in the vicinity of these attractions will be used at a soccer tournament for youth.
Piteå Summer Games is one of Sweden’s largest Soccer tournaments for youth. They will to adapt the Digital Guide and use it to inform football youth, parents and leaders on such things as where their games is played, which teams play where, match results and what restaurants can cater for 15 hungry kids etc.
So, the technical solution is indeed very flexible and can handle practically all types of content.
The guide is available in a test version at http://www.digitalvisit.se code can be downloaded from www.sourceforge.net (search for "visitas")
This is the place to:
- Submit feature requests
- Submit bugs reported in the bugs forum
- Fix bugs and mark them "to be tested"
- Test and mark as fixed
See how the project works here
Joomla! extensions made in project
- MobiVisit (Our mobile template for Joomla!)
- MobiMaps (Our map plugin designed for mobile devices)
- MoreInfo (Our component and two plugins for attaching additional information to an article)
- MobiRate (Our extension for simple content rating)
- Ubuntu Server 9.10, http://www.ubuntu.com/
- Hudson (Our continuous integration environment ci.visitas.se)
- Setup (Howto setup the environment visitas.se )
- WorkingWithCode (How to contribute)
- Joomla (Extension tips)
The Digital Guide has been created by Omicron Ceti AB on behalf of Norrbottens county council, Piteå municipality, Region of Västerbotten, Robertsfors municipality, Skellefteå municipality, Umeå municipality, Västerbottens county council and European Regional Development Found as a part in the swedish project "200 years of peace".