Sean Rotar at Purdue University will use a 2015 PTT Grant to develop best practices for using technology to interpret historic landscapes. A pilot study using landscapes in Indianapolis will investigate QR codes, RFID, and GPS based‐ systems and determine appropriate applications for digital augmentation of visitor experiences based on user preferences and historic landscape types. The experience of landscape is made richer when meaning augments the visual field. In historic places, meaning is often provided through interpretive guides and information signs. However, the provision of interpretive materials can become visually intrusive, diminishing the visitor experience, through the provision of information intended to augment. Testing technologies and determining what works for particular landscape types will lead to the opportunity to pursue future resources and provide a best practices framework for the use of technology as an educational tool, which will inform the further application of these kinds of visualization tools across the country.

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