Lit — A tool for location based literary research

Lit — A tool for location based literary research

This project was realized in collaboration with Jan-Erik Stange and part of a lecture series by Till Nagel at the university of applied science potsdam.

The project won the 2011 Core77 Student Design award.

LIT - Prototype

Introduction

This tool enables users to explore books by the locations contained in them on a multitouch table. It is supposed to be located in a library context. It consists of a search interface that enables you to type in keywords, like in a standard library catalogue interface. In addition to that our interface provides the user with options like setting the genre of the books you are looking for and selecting tags. Books can now be dragged from the result list onto the map.

LIT - prototype

The system then displays all the locations in this particular book by little points on the map. These points are connected with curved lines to a ring with a textframe in it, a representation of the book. The ring represents the whole book and is scrollable. Its size informs you about the size of a book. In the text frame the user looks at the text at the current position in the book.

LIT - prototype

LIT - prototype

LIT - prototype

The tool enables users to compare locations in books by dragging up to three books onto the surface. Regions are selected by drawing a shape on the map. It is also possible to start a new search from a shape you have drawn.

LIT - prototype

A lot of prototyping was conducted, especially in regards to the curved lines and the new forms of interaction.

LIT - prototype

The application is written in Java using the processing library as well as the map-library unfolding and the TUIO-library for implementing touch-events. The map itself is aggregated from the cloudmade-web-service. The books are geotagged with a php-script that uses the Yahoo-Placemaker-API.