Rock on!

Today I checked my pigeon-hole and found two postcards from our first workshops in September. (We handed out pre-stamped and addressed postcards asking people to send them back with any thoughts or comments on the workshop or project.)
I’ve got no idea who they’re from – they simply say, ‘Rock on!’ and, ‘It rocks!’ in suspiciously similar hand-writing. Hence the blog post title. I’m taking them as a random but positive sign! If nothing else, it’s always exciting getting mail, as long as they aren’t bills… So, if you’re reading this and you’re the mystery author, feel free to let me know, or leave me guessing forever!

In other RAMP related snippets, since the workshops there has been a veritable hive of activity. Kate has done a mass re-write of the content for all three rock art sites, taking on board what we discovered at the last workshops, and I’m working on redeveloping the interface.

Sadly, however, Kate’s time on the RAMP project is almost over, so I’m adding this photo of her here (yes, I know I’ve used it in a previous post, but it always makes me smile!):

Kate in a Cist!

Kate in a Cist!

Fear not, though, I’ll be sure to invite her along to the RAMP launch!

We’ve also been thinking about the relationship between the mobile RAMP experience and the off-site, ‘desktop’ experience. There are arguments for and against the existence of parallel, visually different websites, and generally speaking, I subscribe to the idea that a single website should be the ideal. Content and styling should be well designed so that a streamlined, elegant, ‘mobile friendly’ website can be carried over to larger Internet devices without any missing content or duplication. However, this isn’t always practical, especially for large, unwieldy websites.

In the context of RAMP, it’s a little more complicated. The mobile experience (in the field) is only partly about the informational content. Physcial navigation around the rural landscape is also vitally important. This navigational information is unnecessary on a desktop site (unless it’s as a download for a future visit). Similarly, some of the informational content only makes sense when you’re standing right in front of the rock carvings.

Conversely, the desktop site can handle more demanding content (e.g. video, large images, rich user interactivity) without concerns around mobile phone signal strength. This scope could in some cases compensate for not being in situ (e.g. an audio slideshow highlighting key features of the rock carving). We’re still deliberating what any additional or replacement content might be on the desktop site, but for now, it’s enough to recognise that there will be a different treatment for the two experiences.

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About Debbie Maxwell

Researcher on Rock Art Mobile Project (RAMP).
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One Response to Rock on!

  1. Nice project & excellent thinking for this work…….:)

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