Development of a mobile application for sharing historical memories of locations using GPS coordinates in Namibia
By Idriss Madia da Costa Simao (Honors in progress)

Idriss MadiaNamibia is a country blessed with many beautiful Points of Interest (POI) with exciting histories. These POIs do not have enough historical and cultural information assigned to their physical locations that can be viewed with GPS applications like Google maps. Visitors are not aware of the historical significance of these POIs. Current ways of getting information are troublesome and few visitors do it. There are people that are aware of past events that happened at these locations and want to share their thoughts and memories but there is not a convenient way to do it. To address these problems this study will produce a mobile application called NamHistorical Point of Interest (NPOI) that will display and allow uploads of information, historical knowledge and memories regarding historical locations within Namibia. Action research will be applied in conjunction with agile methods to implement the NPOI using requirements gathered from the 30 participants of this study. Quantitative approaches will be used to collect and interpret data about the effects the app will have on visitation patterns to POIs. NPOI will enable visitors to learn from a community of users that that can upload information freely and comment on content of existing locations.

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