Saturday, May 21, 2011

Public Radio Roadtrip: Request for Beta Testers

I've been coding away on the public radio roadtrip app

with some interesting additions:

  • Podcast downloads
  • ability to sort roadtrips by date or by a user defined "sort value" (1,2,3 / a,b,c / 0.1, 0.2 etc.)
  • Ability to view roadtrip in google maps
  • Ability to view in Layar mobile app (by way of a "mediarss gateway" which could also be an interesting idea for other pubmedia projects)
  • ability to download a printable pdf of roadtrips and individual stories
  • display of QRCode scans which link directly to the audio for each story

I'm particularly excited about the idea of printing roadtrips and posting a paper copy of a story in a physical location (as well as providing gpx/kml downloads for use in gps units to promote the use of stories as caches for people interested in geocaching with publicmedia).  I think the idea of printing a flyer containing a QRCode for the url directly to the audio could allow for some interesting possibilities for listeners and stations.  I think this could be a low-tech entry for getting location-based audio out to mobile phones without, at this point, building a dedicated app.

I'd like to experiment with placing flyers about a specific news story out into the physical locations that are relevant to the story and where a person could gain insight into a place by listening to several stories about an issue.

But I'd like to work with some of you to refine this process.  In particular, I'd like to work with content experts on the kinds of stories that would be best grouped into a roadtrip.  I'd like to test and refine displaying these stories and to learn and adapt from these experiences.

I'd like to work with pubmedia coders who are used to working with an app in progress and I'd like to adapt the public radio roadtrip app to these experiences and to post the code for others to use and adapt to best suit theirs, their reporters' and their constituents' needs.

Already, I've incorporated input from Barrett and Patrick on the public media coders list, as well as generous input from colleagues Krissy, Javaun and Andrew into the issue tracker here: .But I think there are ideas, uses and possibilities for this app that have not been discovered yet.

Let me know if you are interested in giving this a try and I'd be glad to work with you.

Feel free to create an account and put your favorite public radio stories on the map!

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