The Final Push

We are heading into our final week of the Magna Carta Application development for Salisbury Cathedral. This week, we have a lot of finishing up business to compete with the application and blog from all members of the group.

Trello has been used throughout this project to specifically to control the groups workflow however, coming into the final stages it’s now more specific tasks that need to delegated to members of the team. An openly available document on a team Google Drive folder or the Group connected social media group has become essential for quickly communicating tasks to members when away from group meeting.

Currently list heading into final week:

Programming

  • Fix the fatal error getting the filters to work
  • Get the final colours sorted out
  • Put the app icon in
  • Make and put in the splash screen
  • Add category for hidden details.
    • Get Kayley to make icon
  • Put the right details and get new shapes for the hidden details.
    • Put the Hidden Details icon in
  • Maybe show which category is selected somewhere
  • proofread the clauses – names, categories etc.

Blog

  • How the programming meets the learning objectives
  • Make videos of the app working to blog about
  • The animations (Spring, fade, etc)
  • App icon and splash screen
  • Debates about swift (why we used it)
  • Hidden details category
  • make a video of a user interacting with the app

Other

  • Gather all the project files
  • Make the file tree in a single directory
  • Make readme files for the directory
  • set up wordpress on Dakar
  • copy wordpress content to new blog
  • create index.html page as a directory for our project

Design

  • Draw up final designs – blog about them
  • Make a nicely annotated final design with as many details as possible
  • Blog about meeting the learning objectives with the design process
  • Make the icon for the hidden details
  • Edit the money icon (possibly others)

We are aiming to get all these tasked finished with a few days to spare giving everyone time to assess each other’s work before the hand it to the client. This will mean we can ensure the app and blog work is to the high standards expected throughout the project.

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Copyright and Legality

Working with digital project, assets and copyright is always a concern when dealing with client based projects. When dealing with assets like images, data and information it’s necessary to be aware of the copyright obligation attached to these paying special detail to if they are available for redistribution personally or commercially.
Copyright laws & legislation were introduced in 1988 as a way to protect individuals intellectual property from being stolen, reused or reworked. Copyright can protect works such as:
  • Literary works
  • Musical works
  • Dramatic works
  • Pictorial or graphic
  • Motion pictures or audiovisual works
  • Architectural works
  • Computer software

Different levels of copyright can be handed to any given work by the producer. These depend of the type of work and how widely available they would like their work to be used, viewed or distributed. Below is 3 copyright laws we have had to consider when working in this project specifically on image and literature we were trying to obtain from outside sources.

Attribution-NoDerivs – This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

This relates to the large scale image we obtained from the cathedral that they had sourced from a specialist photographer. His licence to us was Attribution-NoDerivs as discussed above we was allowed to use his image within the application however, we have had to ensure that we properly acknowledge him within the documentation of the application itself.


 

Attribution – This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

The cathedrals historical team have written some information for some clauses details and additional information for the application. This information is based on a standard copyright licence as it’s going to part of their app however, still has a licences as they have provided it for us to then work with.


Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs – This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

This licence applies to our own work, the code and assets we have produced ourselves for the client will all have this licence applied to them when handed over to the cathedral.

During this project we had an issue with copyright licence as the producer of the works was unable to let us re-distribute his work. He felt that it was being used for a commercial venture and therefore decided to deny licence of the the information. It was good that we had asked him to use the information and not just cited him expecting licence to agreed otherwise it could have repercussions on our client, then upon us and the project.

We feel that throughout this project we have managed acquiring information very well considering that it had to be obtain from outside sources contacting them getting the required licences where necessary.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Copyright.com, 2015. The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance. [online] Available from: https://www.copyright.com/Services/copyrightoncampus/basics/law_protected.html [Accessed 15 May 2015].

App Progress Flow chart

Communication with the client is essential when working on a project. Good communication means that time isn’t wasted working on aspects of a project that the client isn’t interested in, meaning an overall rise in quality of work as client expectations are met.

As per the request of our client, they wanted to see exactly what ideas we had in mind for the app. We presented them with a flow chart of the current state of the prototype, and the stages of development we hoped to follow. This was valuable for us too so that we didn’t loose sight of our idea, and we were able to receive some comments from the client, informing future design decisions.

The Prototype Flow Chart can be seen here.

After showing this to the client, they had a better understanding of how the app worked, as its far more easy to communicate visual ideas through images and captions than it is just words.

The client was pleased with the current progression. It used the Magna Carta image as a navigation interface which they requested, it took into consideration time constraints by proposing only highlighting the key clauses first (key clauses which were pointed out to us by the client), and our future plans to add a filter system to the clause overlays.

Their one significant point of feedback was to change the way clause details were displayed. In the current prototype, tapping a clause overlay caused the app to transition to a new screen, which would house all the details about the clause. They client suggested that rather than transitioning to a new screen, the details appear modally on top of the Magna Carta image, as a translucent overlay.

This idea will be something that we will consider in the next iteration of the prototype design, before feeding back the new stage of the progress for their consideration.

Content Gathering & Approval

As discussed in the previous post our application for the Magna Carta exhibition is going to translate the latin document into English, provide information regarding the clauses and give them some context for audience to expand their knowledge when in the exhibition. The application is information based and will be view by a range of audiences with a large verity of understanding of the document. As this application is connected to the cathedral it needs to be historical and factually accurate to inform all audiences appropriately.

The sources of information for the application need to use reliable and available for use within our application. This means they need to be produced by an academical recognised person or institution making the credible to use within a historical documentation. Copyright needs to be consider also being careful not to break any law when reproducing other people work or content.

The British Library have provided a translation of the document to use which is considered very reliable as its completed by an internationally recognized organization. The donTranslations – http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/magna-carta-english-translation (Creative Commons Licence)

Dear Nicholas

Im Ashley Wilkie a student from Bournemouth University. 

We are currently working on an app project with Salisbury Cathedral creating a translation and contextual description for clauses within Magna Carta. The cathedral have recently installed a new exhibition for the 800th anniversary, which we are creating an application to go with. 

They have asked our group specifically to create an iPad application which will be displayed next to the new Magna Carta enclosure allowing visitors to see a translation of the the document and a context of the clauses to understand them further in an interactive way. 

We found your work on The Magna Carta Project the most comprehensive and useful in proving contextualisation for the clauses. We would like your permission to use the content within our application as we feel it best suit our needs. Could you confirm its possible to do so. We would obviously provide acknowledgements within the application of the contribution towards this.

Our contact at the cathedral is Seif Elrashidi, – s.elrashidi@salcath.co.uk 

The University contact is Stephanie Farmer – SFarmer@bournemouth.ac.uk

They both would be happy to answer any of the questions you have.

Kind Regards, 

Ashley Wilkie

Update:

When we approached The Magna Carta Project we had hoped that they would be willing to work with us to help develop and enhance the experience for audiences when attending the exhibition via our application. Unfortunately for unforeseen circumstances, copyright issues and information protection it is not possible for them to provide the context/commentaries for our application. After much exploration into clause contexts, we felt there work best fitted with what we were trying to achieve in the application however, its now not possible to do so and an alternative source will have to be found.

The cathedral with the help of the client Seif have come forward to help us with this part as they feel that an element of specifically tailored information written by the cathedral itself could fit better. We feel this would also benefit the applications as it would keep it further tied to the exhibition and the location of the document. Going forward were discussing with the cathedral what would be wrote for each clause commentary and look forward to their input within our application.

Implementing Scrum/Sprint Boards

Scrum and Sprint methodology as discussed in Project Management Approaches is a technique best used in group or collaboration projects which have a strict time scales or delivery date. These methodologies make it easier to meet deadlines, create effective prototypes and organize work flows. Scrum means that members of the team are equal all participate in aspects of production by all integrating together and not being managed or controlled to avoid task being missed or incomplete.(Yodiz.com 2014)

Sprint boards help to implement scrum as they allow any member if they feel comfortable completing the task to undertake it.

Trello is an online digital sprint board service that we are using to coordinate group sprints and the project tasks. Being online is very useful as all members have access the board and can move and effect the board digitally.

In the same style as a conventional sprint board we have a series of heading and tasks that need to be completed. The headers are in the tasks completion stage: Not Started, To Do, In Progress, Testing and Finished. When the task is on the board it indicates its status and what stage of development its at. When a team member decides to undertake a task/s they add their label to that task (Coloured bar). They then proceed completing the task moving it down the board to the relevant sections as they go.

This is an effective way of proceeding with group projects as it gives all members to select the tasks to work with ……

Sprint Board

Update

After working with the board for a few weeks we have managed to establish a system of progressing the project and getting tasks completed using the sprint board. The board has allowed us to delegate our tasks, complete work flow faster and to see what needs to progressed with now. For this project we have to produce a project and blog which all members of the team will be working on simultaneously and needs to be kept up to date. We could have ran 2 separate boards for each however both parts need to be worked on simultaneously so keeping it together has allowed us to assess if one is falling behind and act upon this.

The blog is something that needs to be kept upto date regularly and posted to by all members. When a post is made by a member, it also needs to be read by another member to authenticate and make sure all the information in correct. We are using the “Testing” heading where if a member has authenticated it they will also label it with there own label as well meaning the finished post should always have 2 labels to show 2 members have read them fully.Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 15.57.35

Moving forward with the board considering its current state. Its feel that there could be a slight backlog with some of the work. This could be due to initial getting the board up and running but we will try to push this forward.

Secondly there is an issue with some of the blog post that have been wrote but not moved to their status section as the author hasn’t moved them at the correct time. This is a management issue which needs to discussed with the team and how best to resolve the issue. A possible solution to this could be the project manager/scrum master coordinating the blog post by delegating them out to move them into a finished stage. This goes against the sprint methodology but might be needed to move forward.

Trello.com, 2015. Trello. [online] Available from: https://trello.com/ [Accessed 1 Apr. 2015].

Yodiz.com, 2014. Yodiz Sprint Board -Agile development , Project management , Scrum methodology , bug tracker and Team collaboration – Yodiz. [online] Available from: http://yodiz.com/help/yodiz-scrum-board/ [Accessed 1 Apr. 2015].

Stating the Final Idea

In recent weeks we have had lots of discussion with our client on an effective solution to their proposed application project. We have partook in several negotiations ( Presentation 1 & Presentation 2 ) with the client discussing ideas, designs, audiences and concepts. There have give us feedback on several occasions (Feedback) of which we responded to in quick and effective manner. From this we set out expectations of the product/app in our MoSCoW to identify key features connected to our concepts and ideas

Our final idea is as follows

We will be creating an iPad application using an image of Magna carta as a navigation interface, this app allows the user to zoom into and explore the intricate details of the document. The document will have overlays on each clause with a tappable hotspot to let the user see more detail about the selected clause. The clauses will be filterable by category to allow the user to see the specific clauses which interest them.

We have decided as a group to progress with this application because we feel that it meets the clients requirements for the project and is slightly different to what other groups proposed as it’s more to fit a specific need/purposeful for the cathedral. Also,  taking on a less optimistic application means it can be developed and refined to a high professional standard.

Meeting the brief 

For 2015 BU’s RedBallon Agency has been commissioned to create a app for SalisburY. Cathedrals Magna Carta exhibition in 2015. The app has been conceived/proposed as a series of exploratory interactive and educational works that can be accessed while walking round Salisbury Cathedral

As discussed with the cathedral our application will be fulfilling the outlined  of providing an interactive document for tourists to use and explore the clauses within the document and take a better look at the document digital through the use of a super high res image that will allow extensive zoom capabilities. The app plans to provide an informative and interactive to take a look into a rigid document that is difficult for the majority of audience members to understand its importance but, particularly what it says and what this means.

How we have or/plan to meet learning Objectives 

  1. An ability to control and creatively exploit the associated hardware and software; –  Build an application that is intuitive and adds an aspect to audiences experience that non digital or the cathedral cannot provide
  2. Originality, creativity and professionalism in the interpretation of a live brief, production conception, pitching, management and realisation of interactive media artefacts; – Within our presentations we have remained professional, throughout our presentation of ideas and dialogue with them in regards to ideas using their feedback to fore most develop our idea to there satisfaction.
  3. The ability to work effectively as an individual as well as part of a production team; – Remaining professional at all times we aim to work effectively to produce an professional application that for fills the needs of the client furthermore improving the experience for audiences at the cathedral.
  4. The ability to evaluate work undertaken in a reflective manner with reference to appropriate debates and conventions. – Working together as a team where we will self evaluate and group evaluate our progress, work skills and products to push forward the project.