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Location Based GPS Services Provide History Lessons


Over in the UK, students are learning about the history of their town and teaching others through GPS technology. While touring around historic neighborhoods and buildings the handheld GPS devices will provide detailed information about the current area.

“The idea is that you press a button in front of an historic building and all the information comes out, about who lived there and what was going on there and when.”

Students then use that data to relay information to tourists visiting the area, along with learning more about the area themselves. This is another example of location based content being delivered by GPS systems. Similar technology is already being used in museums for example.

“It helps the Archive Service get to a younger audience and it breaks down the barriers so that they can come in and use archive sources without any mystique.”

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