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Exploring invisible landscapes by development of interactive walking trails for mobile devices

Walkingworld exploits a mix of text instructions, accurate location data and digital imagery in the creation and publication of walking guides. There are now over 6000 guides delivered via the website, PDF downloads, route files for GPS and, through a web service, to 3rd party mobile and digital mapping applications. This project extends these services to build the definitive platform for immersive and interactive walking trails, guides and games, delivered to spatially aware mobile handsets.

Walkingworld Limited

Walkingworld is a private limited company. The website was conceived in 1999 by Nicholas Rudd-Jones and David Stewart, to provide an online community for keen walkers. The company pioneered user-generated content in the outdoors market, with members contributing and maintaining walks in a unique and flexible format.

Researcher: Liam Bratley

Liam Bratley obtained a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Sheffield followed by an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. The years of study helped to inspire and invoke the academic passion necessary for a PhD, which he is currently undertaking in conjunction with Walkingworld.

Project supervision

  • Walking World Ltd
  • Liverpool University

Tue 26 June 2012