Open University Library Seminar

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Open University Library Seminar
24th September 2009

Tim Fernando
Project Manager

Oxford University Computing Services

Oxford University Computing Services

...not quite the same as an “Information Services” department!

Supporting Mobile Devices

What do we mean by ‘support’?
Times have changed. Supporting mobile phones used to involve making sure e-mail worked on them. To a great extent modern phones can configure themselves so new support issues are quite different.

Emerging needs
Today, we are asked questions like: “Can I access my lecture timetable on my phone?” “Can I have SMS notification of when my exam results are out?” “Is there a map of libraries I can see on my mobile?”

Smartphone growth
Smartphone year on year growth in 2008 13.9% despite economic downturn Handsets with a compelling user experience, namely Blackberry and iPhone showed massive growth. ‘Unlimited data’ plans have also made them more attractive to use.

Source - Gartner Statistics

Predicted Growth
131 million smartphones were sold in 2008, this is set to increase to 300 million in 2013.

1.1 Billion users are expected to be using
smartphones in 2013.

Source - 7th July 2009 report by Park Associates

All mobile phones will become “smart”

iStanford m.mit.edu

m.ox.ac.uk
Oxford’s new Mobile Services Site

Access to a selection of custom services
including some which are firsts for any University
“Let me listen to some podcasts by Humanities” “What’s my College Tutor’s here’s my nearest postbox “W name?” hat time is it collected at?” and w

“Which is the closest open library which has X book?” “When’s the n ext bus from my nearest bus stop?” “Show me a cycling route from where I am to Y department”

Started work in August 2009

Started work in August 2009
Team of two Lead Programmer & Design - Alex Dutton Manager & Design - Tim Fernando

Fast Development Process
Agile programming methodology Continuous integration

“Mobile Oxford” software will be made open source

Real time bus information

Provides “NaPTAN” (National Public Transport Access Node) database under licence
This includes a list of every bus stop, platform, port etc in the country with a unique identifier for each and a geocode

Remove irrelevant data

Remove irrelevant data

m.ox.ac.uk

Bus stops within x distance

Request with location

m.ox.ac.uk

Bus stops within x distance

Request with location

Map markers drawn on tiles

Map tiles

Open Street Map

Bus stops within x distance

oxontime.com
Request sent for RTI of particular bus stop

m.ox.ac.uk

Modified Map tiles
Open Street Map

Bus stops within x distance

Returned info parsed and sent back to client according to classification

Modified Map tiles
Open Street Map

oxontime.com

m.ox.ac.uk

Schedule
START 28th July 2009 24th August 14th September 5th October 21st August 11th September 2nd October March 2010 END Feature Development Debug period Private Beta Public Beta

... after that

Augmented Reality Services?

Information Display Applications?

... after that

Augmented Reality Services?

Information Display Applications?

Automatic calendar based routing?

[email protected] m.ox.ac.uk/blog

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