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The storyplaces platform: Building a web-based locative hypertext system

The storyplaces platform: Building a web-based locative hypertext system
The storyplaces platform: Building a web-based locative hypertext system
Locative narrative systems have been a popular area of research for nearly two decades, but they are often bespoke systems, developed for particular deployments, or to demonstrate novel technologies. This has meant that they are short-lived, the narratives have been constructed by the creators of the system, and that the barrier to creating locative experiences has remained high due to a lack of common tools.

We set out to create a platform based on the commonalities of these historic systems, with a focus on hypertext structure, and designed to enable locative based narratives to be created, deployed, and experienced in-the-wild.

The result is StoryPlaces, an open source locative hypertext platform and authoring tool designed around a sculptural hypertext engine and built with existing Web technologies. As well as providing an open platform for future development, StoryPlaces also offers novelty in its management of location, including the separation of location and nodes, of descriptions from locations, and of content from pages, as well as being designed to have run-time caching and disconnection resilience. It also advances the state of the art in sculptural hypertext systems delivery through conditional functions, and nested, geographic and temporal conditions.

The StoryPlaces platform has been used for the public deployment of over twenty locative narratives, and demonstrates the effectiveness of a general platform for delivering complex locative narrative experiences. In this paper we describe the process of creating the platform and our insights on the design of locative hypertext platforms.
ACM
Hargood, Charlie
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Weal, Mark
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Millard, David
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Hargood, Charlie
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Weal, Mark
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Millard, David
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Hargood, Charlie, Weal, Mark and Millard, David (2018) The storyplaces platform: Building a web-based locative hypertext system. In Proceedings of ACM Hypertext 2018. ACM.. (In Press)

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Abstract

Locative narrative systems have been a popular area of research for nearly two decades, but they are often bespoke systems, developed for particular deployments, or to demonstrate novel technologies. This has meant that they are short-lived, the narratives have been constructed by the creators of the system, and that the barrier to creating locative experiences has remained high due to a lack of common tools.

We set out to create a platform based on the commonalities of these historic systems, with a focus on hypertext structure, and designed to enable locative based narratives to be created, deployed, and experienced in-the-wild.

The result is StoryPlaces, an open source locative hypertext platform and authoring tool designed around a sculptural hypertext engine and built with existing Web technologies. As well as providing an open platform for future development, StoryPlaces also offers novelty in its management of location, including the separation of location and nodes, of descriptions from locations, and of content from pages, as well as being designed to have run-time caching and disconnection resilience. It also advances the state of the art in sculptural hypertext systems delivery through conditional functions, and nested, geographic and temporal conditions.

The StoryPlaces platform has been used for the public deployment of over twenty locative narratives, and demonstrates the effectiveness of a general platform for delivering complex locative narrative experiences. In this paper we describe the process of creating the platform and our insights on the design of locative hypertext platforms.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 April 2018
Venue - Dates: ACM Hypertext 2018, Baltimore, United States, 2018-07-09 - 2018-07-12

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Local EPrints ID: 421122
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421122
PURE UUID: ed1a180b-cb0e-434c-aea5-a05bd79de2a4
ORCID for Mark Weal: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6251-8786
ORCID for David Millard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7512-2710

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Date deposited: 22 May 2018 16:30
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:08

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Author: Charlie Hargood
Author: Mark Weal ORCID iD
Author: David Millard ORCID iD

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