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Stephen Boyd Davis <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:55:49 +0000
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The Lansdown Centre is very pleased to announce a lecture by
Mike Saunders, Director of Digital Media at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

All welcome: just turn up.

Date: 26 January 2011
Location: Room 137, Middlesex University, Cat Hill, Barnet EN4 8HT, United Kingdom
When: 4:45 pm. Duration about one hour
Further info: all enquiries, please email Stephen Boyd Davis [log in to unmask]

Get Lost - the true potential of location-based media

From satnav to Foursquare, location-based apps have been about locating yourself relative to landmarks, traffic or other people. But there is an alternative idea that may turn out to be more compelling - for location apps to enhance your ability to wander and explore in a delightful and serendipitous way. In short, to lose yourself. This talk will explore ideas being developed at Kew and elsewhere - including Kew's mobile apps for visitors, and the wild flower identification service using image recognition and location.

About the speaker
Mike Saunders is Director of Digital Media at Kew Gardens, overseeing Kew’s digital platforms – including online, social and mobile channels. Kew holds a vast array of data and information on plant science and conservation, which he is working with colleagues to make more accessible. Mike has piloted mobile phone-based audio guides, GPS guides and learning platforms at Kew, and is currently developing mobile services for both visitors and members of the public outside the gardens, based on Kew’s data.

Mike has over 15 years of experience developing digital products, including running a digital agency, delivering cross-platform projects at Channel 4 Television, and commissioning cultural learning products at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

A Lansdown Lecture for the Art and Design Research Institute at Middlesex University

Stephen Boyd Davis
Reader in Interactive Media
Head, Art and Design Research Institute
Head, Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts
Middlesex University, Cat Hill, Barnet, Herts  EN4 8HT
United Kingdom
Tel 44 (0)20 8411 5072
The Lansdown Centre's Web Pages are at

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