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1.6. Summary

In this unit you learned about the WebPark project that implemented a suite of location-based services for visitors to protected and natural area. In particular you learned:

  • What the WebPark system looked and felt like and explored how this model might be employed in other nature reserves
  • How the needs of potential users of WebPark were elicited through surveys and the evaluation of existing sources of information
  • How a testing plan was developed that provided continuous input into the development of prototype platforms
  • The different techniques employed to evaluate the usability of the system during these testing phases
  • How the architecture of the WebPark system was designed so as to take into consideration the limitations of the client-server architecture when employed in a mobile setting
  • How the WebPark services was developed using a modular systems of functional units

While the system described here was developed for a particular project, you should have noticed that many of the techniques have been previously touched on in the previous LBS lessons. Likewise, the solutions described here will be of use in analysing and designing many other location-based services.
If you are interested to know more about the WebPark project and system, you can visit the Swiss National Park yourself and try it for real. The system currently in use there has been continuously developed since the end of the project and so you will find many new services and types of presentation.

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