Locative Lab

researching locative media



Enter your city, neighborhood, or zip code in the field below the map, and start exploring your community. We’ve designed outside.in to be the best resource online for:

* Keeping up with news and opinions in your neighborhood
* Finding out the inside scoop on local places or events: schools, new real estate developments, playgrounds, bars
* Meeting interesting new neighbors, and sharing your local knowledge with them

You can explore outside.in by entering location information into the field under the map, or just by dragging the map around. (Zooming in and out also gives you a tighter or more expansive focus.) As you explore, you’ll encounter four major kinds of content: Neighbors, Places, Stories, and Comments.

Neighbors are registered users of outside.in. Each neighbor has a profile page that shows a bio, photo, neighborhood, website, plus all the stories, comments, and places they’ve contributed to outside.in.

Stories and Comments are the content you add to outside.in about your area. When you add them to the site, they appear on the home page of the area you specified for everyone to see, as well as on your neighbor pages.

Stories are content that comes from other sites, like blogs or newspaper websites, that you submit to the site via the submit a story link in the right column of the page. Add stories to outside.in that relate to your neighborhood and that you find interesting and want to share with your neighbors.

Comments are content that you write yourself, directly to the outside.in website. You add comments to Places, which are any location or venue in your area. Add a comment to any Place you want, either to point out something you like, or just to talk about something interesting in your neighborhood.

Places can be everything from restaurants to playgrounds to schools — or even more subjective categories (most dangerous intersection, best spot for winter sledding.) Any story or comment can be attached to a Place.

Read more about it here.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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