HistorieVandring: Local History Through a Location-based App
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In today's society, where there are rather few areas, of everyday life where technology is, there are still some areas that lag behind in this development. One of these is the area of local history, an area found all over the world. The most common way of exploring local history is through books, written by local historical societies. Few of these books are digitalized or furthered developed in any way. Although there are some good examples of this type of information being digitalized and given a new presentation form, even in Norway, there are few that use location-based technology, and AR-functionality. This thesis carries out research to see if using a local history book content with an app that uses the two technologies location-based technology and AR-technology can give users a living experience of local history. To do this a two-step process will be followed. First a mobile app will be developed, and then the app will be evaluated it in a real life environment. The book used as a content source contains local history from Bjørnsund, an old fishing village at the coast of Møre and Romsdal. The prototype for the app has both the locals and also tourists as a potential user group. The prototype of the app had a development process consisting of three cycles, where each cycles consisted of a design and development phase followed by a user testing. After each cycle the prototype was improved with findings in the user test and further developed. At the end of the process there was a final evaluation of the app at Bjørnsund. The results from the user testings and the evaluation show that the people who tested the app were very open to this new form of experiencing local history, and were also exited to get a chance to see what it was like. There were some concerns that adding AR to the app would complicate the easiness of the user friendliness of the app. Other than that there were only positive feedbacks on this new way of displaying the history, showing that there is a market for this kind of application including this technology, in Norway.