To Enable The Rapid Prototyping and Quick Deployment of Location-Based Media Platforms.
Rio Youth Mapping by the Mobile Experience Lab, in partnership with UNICEF
Locast was born out of a desire to better understand how evolving media technologies could be used to improve connections between people and their social, cultural, and physical spaces. The Open Locast Project itself is a collection of software packages and applications created by the MIT Mobile Experience Lab that were developed towards this broad goal.
Open Locast is designed to enable the rapid prototyping and quick deployment of location-based media platforms. It is an open-source project composed of two primary components, a Web application and an Android application which act in unison to provide a platform that can be tailored to fit various user experiences.
What Locast can be used to create:
Community Mapping Platforms
Platforms that enable communities to document their surrounding spaces, promoting civic engagement while drawing attention to important issues.
Interactive narratives that are crafted by linking together videos and photos thematically, geographically, and chronologically. These stories can be explored by viewers in a non-linear fashion.
Memory Traces by the Mobile Experience Lab, in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Boston
Location-aware mobile guides that allow people to discover new information about places through layers of curated and user-generated media.
RAI Local Abruzzo by the Mobile Experience Lab, in partnership with RAI New media.