Cogapp and Stephen Walter have worked together several times over the last decade. Our paths first crossed when Cogapp was commissioned by The British Library to create several interactive exhibits as part of the Magnificent Maps exhibition. Stephen’s awe-inspiring map of London, The Island, was being exhibited as part of the exhibition and we were lucky enough to meet.
We have kept in touch ever since and over the years we’ve collaborated on various projects and ideas. Our latest collaboration is a series of online stories that explore some of Stephen’s maps in close detail.
These were created using Storiiies…
Cogapp have been the National Portrait Gallery’s website partner for more than two decades. Today we are proud to be supporting the launch of ‘Hold Still’, a national photography project to capture the nation’s mood during these unprecedented times.
Announced this morning in the press and on national television by the Duchess of Cambridge, the project will be open to contributions until 18th June 2020. The Duchess of Cambridge said:
We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country.”
A short explanation for people who aren’t interested in words like metadata
IIIF is a means of presenting images and related information on the web. It enables the use of a whole range of tools to explore sets of images. These sets of images can be drawn from multiple organisations.
I find it difficult to explain IIIF without technobabble. Hopefully the definition above will demystify IIIF at least a little.
Creating digital stories with our new digital storytelling editor.
There were two outcomes from the day.
We are constantly presented with new and shiny ways to experience art and cultural artefacts. Cogapp is always on the look-out for technological innovation, it’s what we do, but we’re also conscious that it’s the ‘content’ that makes these experiences special. With this in mind we have been exploring the slow looking movement for some years now and have spoken and written about it more than once.
We created our free-to-use slow looking platform a while back. The…
Our regular hackdays are as much about experimenting with new technologies as anything else. Augmented reality has been on the list of things we’d like to play with for a long time and seeing as we like to learn by doing we thought an intro to AR as a hackday project would be a worthwhile endeavour.
We’ve had experience developing lots of iOS apps over the years so taking Apple’s ARKit out for a spin seemed like the obvious choice; now we just needed a killer application through which we could explore the basics of AR.
We thought long and…
Our mission was to recreate the Esper machine used by Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner. Esper allows Deckard to explore images in minute detail using only his voice. Check out this YouTube video to see the machine in action.
As mentioned we wanted to recreate the experience of using the Esper machine to explore images. Why did we want to do this? Partly because it would be fun but also because voice control is becoming more and more…
Every few months or so we invite people to join us in Brighton for a hack-day. For Coghack3 we were happy to welcome Martin Shatwell and Rachel Nimmo from the National Library of Scotland.
Our aim was to see how we could apply a natural language processing service to a set of antiquarian books; not necessarily the type of data that these services were designed for…
A distributed, real-time transmission to mobile devices.
We have worked in close partnership with digital artist and Cogapp alumni Grant Cieciura to create a digital artwork that will be exhibited each night throughout the first week of the festival. The work is called Do androids rAVe²?
The work is location-based; its controlled from our studio on the top floor of an eight-story building in central Brighton, New England House. This…
I work in tech and I’m as guilty as the next nerd when it comes to using unintelligible terminology. In this post I’m going to explain the term Agile without using any Agile-specific terms. In particular, I’m going to cover what it actually is and why you might want to learn about it in relation to software development.
Director of Product Development @cogapp in Brighton, UK