In October 2010, following two years of development, The University of Iowa UNESCO City of Literature Mobile Application Development Team [“UCOL”] launched "City of Lit," an app for Apple mobile devices. The app is the result of a collaborative effort by faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate researchers in the School of Art & Art History Media Social Practice and Design - Intermedia Program, the School of Library and Information Science, Computer Science, English and the Writing University. Our group includes two recent UIowa PhD alumni, now working at an educational institution and in industry.
UCOL research reflect a growing interest at The University of Iowa and nationally in public digital humanities and interdisciplinary practice. “City of Lit” highlights the University of Iowa and Iowa City’s rich literary history via traditional scholarship, multimedia, and mapping technologies. Home of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop since 1922 and designated in 2008 as one of only six “UNESCO Cities of Literature,” Iowa City has a long and proud history as a community of writers, one recognized nationally and internationally.
During 2013-2015 UCOL will continue research on:
- Geo-caching and other game elements for the apps;
- Design, development and production of a "Local Heroes Citizen Scholarship Self-paced Research Guide" and linked curriculum guide materials for k-12 and college students; and
- A linked pilot project with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization at the Iowa City Public Library, working with volunteer local writers and citizen researchers. Three groups of two to three people each conduct research on a local writer, developing traditional and multimedia scholarship materials for inclusion on the "City of Lit" mobile web and iTune apps. We plan to produce a literary research guide for subsequent efforts.
Contact Director Jon Winet for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org