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    Sean Kheraj

    What advantages are there for historians to layering digital information onto real-world environments?


    Through layering digital information onto real-world environments, historians have the ability to produce an augmented reality. These technologies allow historians to mix real world and the virtual world into one to enhance historical perspectives. Through the use of augmented reality, accessibility to key historical points and places are easily available for classrooms, schools or individuals. It also allows historians or students to gain a greater knowledge about specific topics because they are physically seeing the old world within the new world. This is a very effective teaching strategy because it allows one to physically be immersed in their field and gain a better understanding.


    For historians to layer digital information onto real-world environments that are giving that information a real-world position. It is no longer just information or just a photo, it is one with real coordinates. This enables those looking at the information to understand where in the real-world it pertains to. This also allows historians to analyse the continuity and change that is likely to have occurred in that area. Adding a real-world environment to digital information also allows historians to rebuild the past which could assist in them answering questions.


    Layering digital information onto real-world environments can offer historians numerous advantages, and constructing an augmented reality is one of these significant advantages. Historians are not only interested in collecting and documenting historical information; many are also interested in disseminating information from the past and teaching students about their findings. Therefore, by layering digital data, it enhances the design of the contents for historians that are wanting to educate others about history. There can be scenic senses and building a tour experience for visitors. Furthermore, it helps historians to create interactivity among visitors and with other historians. Navigation is also an advantage, using phones and GPS features historians are able to get to one point from another. Thereby, it promotes flexibilities for historians to create, design and collects information.


    Layering digital information onto real world environments allows navigation through multiple restricts that one could face. For one, it could offer historical value in the sense of viewing and engaging with a landscape. Seeing the past layered onto the future enables the person to understand the historical and physical differences that have occurred. It also offers accessibility to continuing research and tracking transformations in spaces and time. Having a geographical location and interactive material to visualize a place makes all the difference in understanding and evaluating the history of the past and how it turned into the present.


    Layering digital information onto real world environments is useful because it provides accessible information for everyone. You can view this landscape for free and explore it to gain a better understanding of the place, or to contextualize it for further research, the possibilities and uses are endless. Because this technology transcends space, it creates an augmented reality which is great for classrooms because it is free! Teachers can utilize this as a way to allow students to create avenues for their own learning by exploring places of interest to them.

    Sean Kheraj

    Great responses again this week. I agree with you all that augmented reality has the potential to enhance real-world experiences for students and public history audiences. This can take a variety of forms, of course: images, text, audio, etc… Keep an eye out for museums and other public history organizations that make uses of different forms of augmented reality.

    For those looking for some smartphone apps that do augmented reality, check out these two:

    Field Trip (iOS):
    Field Trip (Android):

    Driftscape (iOS):
    Driftscape (Android):

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