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PhoneBooth will repurpose the Charles Booth Maps, Descriptive of London Poverty and selected police notebooks, which record eye-witness descriptions of London street-by-street, for delivery to mobile devices.



The main goal of PhoneBooth is to repackage the Charles Booth Maps, Descriptive of London Poverty and selected notebooks from contemporary police observations for delivery to mobile devices. These materials are already available digitally through the Charles Booth Online Archive.

We will pilot the use of the mobilised maps and notebooks in a taught undergraduate course at LSE: London’s Geographies.

Project Outputs

The main objectives of the project are:

  • To enhance the existing Booth data to enable mobile delivery
  • To produce a model and technical capacity for the mobile delivery of Library-owned content
  • To engage with LSE academics and students involved in the London’s Geographies course to inform the development of mobile Library content
  • To evaluate the impact of mobilised content on teaching
  • To enhance the student experience of the courseTo facilitate knowledge transfer within the professional community

The outputs from the project will be

  • User/functional requirements for mobile content delivery
  • A revised course syllabus to include assesment of students’ use of the mobile content
  • Booth maps and notebooks in georeferenced preservation and delivery formats
  • Fedora/Hydra content models for geodata
  • Ingest of the Booth maps/notebooks into LSE Digital Library and an API for spatial query
  • A prototype web application for the delivery of Booth maps and notebooks to mobile devices
  • Knowledge transfer between EDINA and LSE
  • Report on the development of mobile content and its impact on teaching

What will success look like?

  1. A working prototype mobile web application that is used successfully by this year’s student cohort taking London’s Geographies
  2. Increased knowledge of mobile and spatial technologies in the LSE Digital Library team
  3. A positive impact on the teaching methodology of London’s geographies and a demonstrated engagement between the Library and academic community

Project Staff

Ed Fay (digital library manager) – project manager  
Start date
30 November 2011
End date
31 May 2012
Funding programme
Digital infrastructure: Information and library infrastructure programme
Information and library infrastructure: Emerging opportunities
Project website
Lead institutions

London School of Economics

Partner institutions

Edina (University of Edinburgh)