We were lucky enough to be invited to showcase our work at the RSC (regional support centre) conference on Thursday 24th of June 2010. We met a diverse and enthusiastic collection of attendees. They were interested not only in many of the technologies we hope to bring to use at Exeter University, but they were interested in how each of the technologies can mash together to form a cohesive solution.
We have completed the first stage of making use of geo-location services, which has been very well received. We presented this using our TouchSmart PC which was running Google Earth and Google Maps (both in 2D and 3D) in the browser.
Visitors were able to explore mapping services using desktop and mobile multi-touch systems. We were also demonstrating other related technologies including creating your own map overlays and embedding them into your website, together with collaborative use of Google Docs.
We also spoke to visitors about some of the things that are in daily use between staff and students at Exeter, and how we engage with and make use of social networks and cloud solutions. Delegates were also interested in disseminating information and training materials, joining information sources such as blogs, facebook pages, twitter streams, video, audio and screencasts together.
This is exactly what we are working towards, so we were very pleased. We have actively sought from day one to make sure each of these technologies tie together and are not thought of as a single solution on their own. It is the blend of these many exciting technologies that come together to build the best user experience.
We would like to thank all that attended the RSC conference. We are delighted that we were able to help those that stopped by our stand, and very pleased to pass on some of the things we have learnt to our learned friends.