Fort Vancouver Mobile - A video overview

Courtesy of: Research Assistant Aaron May of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Produced in 2011.

Video highlights from the apps (36-minute version)

This montage provides a sampling of some of the video media in the Fort Vancouver Mobile apps. This app is much more than just a video distribution system, but these videos show the variety of content, from expositional segments to new journalism to those intended to prompt the development of interactive narratives.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Old Apple Tree experiment in 2013: The Transcript

Video clip comparison is available here:

Length of audio track: 01:01

Clip 1: Instrumental bluegrass music plays, (0:00 – 0:09)

Clip 2 Fort Vancouver archaeologist Dr. Robert Cromwell (0:09 – 0:16):

“Right now, this tree is the last above-ground remnant of Hudson’s Bay Company operations here at Fort Vancouver.”

Clip 3 Cromwell continues (0:17 – 0:52):

“And this was the quartermaster’s depot. So a whole string of the who’s who of the 19th century U.S. Army actually came here. So less than 100 feet away from here, Ulysses S. Grant was residing. He had to have seen this tree on his daily walk down to the wharf to check in on the quartermaster’s stores. He probably walked right by it. In fact, the main road connecting Vancouver Barracks to the wharf was basically just on the east side of this tree. And to me, it’s just amazing looking at the history of development in this area that this tree has survived.”

Clip 4: Instrumental bluegrass music continues and ends, (0:53 – 1:01)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Movement on other mobile fronts ... Yellowstone Mobile / Blackfeet

The Fort Vancouver Mobile project created my interest in mobile media research, so I want to keep the audience here posted about other projects of mine inspired by this FVM work. Two of those projects had major advancements in the past month:

1. The Yellowstone Mobile project released its first public app, the first authorized and sanctioned mobile app at America's first national park, Yellowstone National Park. Very cool to get this original piece released, but I'm even more excited about this project's future. We have some very ambitious plans in development, featuring an even bigger and broader research team than the FVM project. So keep an eye on Yellowstone Mobile, starting by looking at the webcam of Old Faithful eruptions. Available on Android and Apple.

2. The Blackfeet '64 Flood project also released its first post-prototype public app, available for both Apple and Android. This new app retains some of the look and designs of the previous prototype, but it is much more robust and scalable, and it features some really slick sharing options, based on the social media channels available on your smartphone. The journalistic stories in this app also are high in quality and challenge the dominant narrative of Montana's worst natural disaster.

Grand Emporium of the West at HICAH

Had a really interesting presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities this past weekend, in which my talk about the GEW focus groups we conducted with teachers a few months ago provoked a variety of comments and thoughtful questions. The response was so great that I'm thinking this work should be published soon, and I'll begin writing in the next few weeks, when a few other projects slow down, to create a draft of the ideas and start shopping that around. I already have mentioned this research piece to an editor of an academic journal, and received a positive response, so I'll start there and keep you posted. Hope to have those results in a publishable form soon!