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Title: Exploring rural landscapes through the development of interactive walking trails for mobile devices
Author: Bratley, Liam
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 5719
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2017
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The main subject of this thesis is recreational walking, and how the experience of walkers can be augmented with digital, contextual information. This introduction outlines the motivation, scope, objectives and methods used within this thesis. Walking has become a popular pastime for many people throughout Europe and the US, with rapid growth since the 1970s (Zaradic et al., 2009; Bryan, 1977; Blake, 2002; Pucher et al., 2011; Breuer and Taylor, 2010). In part, this popularity is due to the health benefits of walking (American Hiking Society, 2015; Fletcher et al., 1996), and the positive impact of walking on health has been endorsed by official organizations who promote walking (Sports England, 2009b). This increased popularity is what drives this thesis, whose objective is to create and evaluate mechanisms through which data, technology and information can be used to improve the experience of walkers. The types of information used by walkers has historically fit into one of 3 categories: navigation, experiential and discovery information. Navigation and experiential information will be used primarily during participation in a walk. Discovery information will typically be required before and after the walk, not only to access the location in which a walk is situated, but also to source additional routes for future trips. These types of information are defined in the upcoming sections of this introduction, as is the medium through which the information is conveyed (e.g. text, image, audio, etc), and also access how these may have changed through time.
Supervisor: Singleton, A. D. S. ; Lloyd, C. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral