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LoMAK: a framework for generating locative media apps from KML files

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Publication date2014
Host publicationEngineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS '14)
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450327251
Original languageEnglish


In this paper, we present the LoMAK framework which enables non-programmers (e.g., people working in the Digital Humanities, History, Geography, Geology and Archaeology areas) to generate locative media mobile apps from KML files, a format that these non-programmers are familiar with. The framework has two primary components: a KML processor web application and an Android mobile 'player' app called LoMAK player. The KML processor parses KML files to: (1) extract points of interest (POI) and their associated media, (2) produce geo-fences for the POIs, and (3) render the PoIs and their geo-fences on a map. The framework also supports the editing of geo-fences, i.e., a new geo-fence can be drawn as a polygon. The POIs and their associated media and geo-fences are then saved as a sharc file on a server. The LoMAK player loads this sharc file to operate as a locative media application.