Gary Priestnall

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We report a study in which 30 university geography students compared five techniques to enhance the experience of visiting outdoor locations. The techniques were: a pre-prepared acetate overlay of the visual scene; a custom-designed visitor guide running on a PDA; the mScape location-based software running on a GPS-enabled mobile phone; Google Earth on a(More)
Researchers designing and deploying technologies in the wild can find it difficult to balance pure innovation with scalable solutions. Tensions often relate to expectations around current and future roles of the technology development. We propose a catwalk technology metaphor where researchers as boundary creatures focus on innovation whilst providing links(More)
Recording points of interest using GPS whilst working in the field is an established technique in geographical fieldwork, where the user’s current position is used as the spatial reference to be captured; this is known as geo-tagging. We outline the development and evaluation of a smartphone application called Zapp that enables geo-tagging of any distant(More)
A consistent finding of research into mobile learning guides and outdoor learning games has been the value of audio as a medium of communication. This paper discusses the value of location-based and movement-sensitive audio for learning. Three types of audio learning experience are distinguished, based primarily upon differing levels of narrative cohesion:(More)
1. Introduction This paper presents a methodology for the use of 3D modelling and landscape visualisation in the context of real world experience through fieldwork. The techniques aim to engage student groups in certain technical debates concerning the nature and use of digital surface models, photography and digital reconstructions of glacial landscapes. A(More)
: The following paper outlines the methodology and preliminary results for an experiment designed to understand the accuracy of visibility models when used in the field by a mobile media consumption app called Zapp. Levels of accuracy are determined in relation to points of interest that can be seen from random sites within the University of Nottingham’s(More)
This paper describes an approach to the extraction and classification of linear features from imagery using an objectoriented data model as a framework to store contextual knowledge. The work reported is the foundation of a three year project, funded by the UK Ministry of Defence, named Automatic Linear Feature Identification and Extraction (ALFIE). The(More)
The Mapping the Moment: Performance Culture in Nottingham, 1857–67 project ( is an interdisciplinary collaboration between performance history and geography, which has as its aim the investigation of the complex connections between the different kinds and sites of entertainment, and between the people and communities(More)
Drawing upon recent interdisciplinary research in the fields of literary geography and critical cartography, this article argues that a concept of processual intertextuality might be used to open up thinking about literary maps and mapping practices: a concept through which such maps are understood to be systems of cultural signification which are(More)