What are Location-Based Services?

Location-based services provide content that is dynamically customized according to the user's location. These services are commonly delivered to mobile devices, but can also be accessed from other portable computers, handhelds, or any Internet-capable device. Current common applications for location-based services include advertising, news, social networking, and similar services. An increasing number of mobile applications are taking advantage of the built-in geolocation capability that is increasingly a standard feature in mobile devices. Information about nearby buildings, landmarks, or other fixed features is commonplace; a growing use of location-based services is to locate people nearby — people known or unknown to the user — who share interests or experiences in common. Educational applications for location-based services are currently along the same lines, delivering relevant place-based information and allowing easy geotagging of captured data. Media such as photos and video, as well as the simplicity of geotagging, will be important aspects of location-based services as they continue to develop.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Location based services offer all sorts of potential uses in a teaching and research environment, even apart from the obvious campus-based tools (you're now the Mayor of Economics 101, perhaps?) and of course anyone in a computing/technology course will need to know how they work and can be used, but the uses go much wider, for example place-based learning with geotagged data sources around buildins of sites of historic interest. - bill.thompson bill.thompson May 15, 2011 Agree - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011... And links into digital curation practices - helen.keegan helen.keegan May 16, 2011
  • Help enterprise and entrepreneurship students - and those looking to start-up their own business or self-employment - explore news ways of reaching clients and marketing their services - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011
  • Engaging the local community in the impact of research and the teaching opportunities offered by their university - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, research or information management within the next five years?

  • It links in to visualisation (so much does) and user experience design as the key to use of location-based service is working with the resulting datasets to provide useful services. There's also a line through to game-based teaching (the Foursquare/Gowalla model) - bill.thompson bill.thompson May 15, 2011
  • Potential to enhance interaction with students, staff, and local community - kelly.smith kelly.smith May 15, 2011

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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