App to let peo­ple en­gage with her­itage on the go

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City -

New Delhi: Seek­ing to en­gage peo­ple with ar­chi­tec­tural legacy and the for­got­ten sto­ries of the past, a new her­itage app is all set to be launched on Tues­day that will al­low them to “dig­i­tally in­ter­act” with Delhi’s cul­tural land­marks.

The app — Sa­far­nama — is en­dowed with an “enor­mous range of ma­te­rial” drawn from ar­chives in In­dia and abroad, said Deborah Sut­ton, the prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the project.

“From con­cep­tion to ex­e­cu­tion, the project has taken us nearly two years, and the app uses the GPS location of the phone to pin­point the her­itage build­ings nearby it with a small no­ti­fi­ca­tion that pops up once in the vicin­ity,” Sut­ton told PTI.

She said the idea of such an app is to make peo­ple en­gage with his­tory and her­itage on a daily ba­sis and on the go.

The An­droid-based app, avail­able on Google Play, has two com­po­nents — Delhi Par­ti­tion City and Ghadar se Azadi Tak — span­ning the pe­riod from 1857-1947.

“After down­load­ing the app, a user will need to scan QR codes avail­able on cus­tomised postcards which we have de­signed for the project. After scan­ning, the user would be able to ac­cess the archival ma­te­rial pre-loaded in the app,” said Sut­ton, who is from Lan­caster Univer­sity in the UK.

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