An Interactive Information Management System for Tour Guide and Its Application in Native Education

 

Yen-Wen Chen

Dept. of Communication Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan, ROC

ywchen@ce.ncu.edu.tw

 

Hsiang Ru Peng

Graduated Institute of Communication Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan, ROC

 

Chun Seng Hsu

Graduated Institute of Communication Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan, ROC

 

Abstract

In this paper, an information management system with interactive environment is introduced. This system provides an efficient way for users to construct location aware information with respect to various subjects. The constructed information can also be transmitted to mobile devices, such as Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), for the purpose of guiding. Furthermore, the developed system provides the interface for mobile devices to upload the information constructed by users during their tour. Thus, the information provided by the users can be regarded as the content of system and can be reused by other users. In the system, the digital map used for guiding can be easily generated and the concept of the map template for each subject to be guided is proposed. In order to overcome the problem of limited storage space on PDA, the wireless communication technique is adopted for users to download the content from the content server dynamically. System administrator, subject administrators, and general users, are the three kinds of users defined in this system with different management authorities. The developed system has been applied as the platform to native education/learning courses in an elementary school. The teacher in the native course plays the role of subject administrator to maintain the content of a specific subject. The experience of applying this system in real learning environment was very interesting and several learning models could be derived through the assistance of this platform. And, currently, we are contacting with the tourist bureau for the application model of integration of native education and local tourism.

 

 

Keywords: PDA, GPS, Guide system, Native information, Self-learning