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LETS GO mobile solutions used by National Geographic Society

15 of January, 2013 By: Marcelo Milrad

Web and mobile solutions developed by CeLeKT for mobile data collection and visualizations integrates with a geographic information system, GIS, from the National Geographic Society (NGS). The GIS system form NGS has been designed to support geographic investigations and encourage collaboration between young citizens and researchers. During the last weekend of September 2012, nine researchers and teachers from Linnaeus University and schools in the region as well as a dozen people from Stanford University and the NGS met in Washington, DC. Together they adapted and tested the system for mobile data collection that has been developed by the members of CeLeKT. The group conducted a field study at the Potomac River, where the sensors, mobile phones and the mobile application that have been developed were used to measure, analyse and assess water quality. For four years we have worked with several schools in the region and in California, as well as industrial partners such as Intel, Pasco Scientific and NGS, with very successful results. A short video about this activity can be found below:

Let's Go: Water Quality Trial with National Geographic Society from Medieteknik Lnu on Vimeo.


CeLeKT members develop mobile services in Uganda

05 of January, 2013 By: Marcelo Milrad

One of the aims of the project People's Voices is to increase citizen participation in local and political issues. Mobile phones have brought a revolution to many African countries. Even traditional tribes like the Maasai have embraced the new technology. At the same time, the differences are huge compared to Sweden, which leads to great challenges in collaborative projects, like the one in Uganda that Media Technology is part of. In Uganda there is slightly more than one mobile phone subscription for every three inhabitants, but the distribution is uneven and the phones are not exactly smart ones. – In places like the capital Kampala, almost every person has a mobile. In the three districts of northern Uganda covered by the project, they have what we Swedes would call ”ancient” phones, which cost around USD 20 and are used only for calls and texting, says Marcelo Milrad, Professor of Media Technology at Linnaeus University. So how can you get people to use mobiles to increase democratization and involvement in the community, and not just to keep in touch with family and friends? That's what the project People's Voices is all about – to explore how to develop mobile services that can increase citizen involvement in local and political issues, and to enable the citizens to manage, control and report how public services work. More detailed information about the project can be found at:
http://peoplesvoices.org/




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