Sweet! I had deleted Layar last year because I didn't see any use of keeping it on the phone after toying with it a bit at Access a couple years ago. This sounds like a quite promising use. Thanks for setting it up, Bill. Peter On Jan 31, 2013, at 9:58 PM, William Denton <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > I've set up a Code4Lib 2013 layer in the Android/iOS augmented reality > application Layar  to do something that I think---I hope---will add an > interesting and fun element to the conference. > > You can use it to scan around the city to see two kinds of things: 1) > tweets using the #c4l13 or #code4lib hashtag (if the tweets are geolocated > so they can be nailed to a point) and 2) points of interest from the > shared Google Maps that have been set up . > > During the day all of the tweets will be coming from everyone at the UIC > Forum, so that's not too interesting ... but I hope that outside the > conference times, when people are all over Chicago, they'll be tweeting, > and that's when you might wonder, "Where's everyone at?" and you can hold > up your phone, look around, and see that a bunch of folks are two blocks > over there at a blues club and another bunch are up over there trying > obscure beers and someone else posted a picture of an LP she just bought > down the block, and that a comic book store someone recommended is a half > mile that way. > > It's an Code4Lib-augmented view of Chicago: you look around and see what > we're all doing and where we're hanging out, and all the places we're > interested in or recommend. > > To try it out, intall Layar on your phone, then run it, click to go into > Geo Layers mode, and search for "code4lib 2013". Launch the layer and > look around. You probably won't see anything around you, but next time you > tweet something with #c4l13 (and the tweet is geolocated so you're sharing > your latitude and longitude) it will show up. > > So, if you want to try it, add points to the Google Maps, and when > you're in Chicago, tweet! > > I don't know how well it will work, but please test it and try it, because > I think if it does turn out it will be a lot of fun. > > It can work for any conference or event. The program driving this is > Laertes , and the code is here: > > https://github.com/wdenton/laertes > > It's pretty straightforward, and if you're comfortable running a modern > Ruby web app then to make your own layer it's just a matter of some basic > configuration at Layar's web site and customizing Laertes by editing a > hash tag in a config file. Or maybe I could host it for you, for a while > at least. > > See you soon, > > Bill > >  http://www.layar.com/ >  https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213549257652679418473.0004ce6c25e6cdeb0319d&msa=0 > and https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208580427660303662074.0004d00a3e083f4d160a4&msa=0 >  As in Odysseus's father, who was one of the Argonauts and did a fair > bit of travelling, and because his name has "layer" in it. -- Peter Murray Assistant Director, Technology Services Development LYRASIS [log in to unmask] +1 678-235-2955 1438 West Peachtree Street NW Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30309 Toll Free: 800.999.8558 Fax: 404.892.7879 www.lyrasis.org LYRASIS: Great Libraries. Strong Communities. Innovative Answers.