Modern mobile devices are location-aware, Internet-connected, and can produce high quality media. These devices lead us to rethink the relationship between digital media and physical place. With this in mind, we created Open Locast, an open-source framework that supports the rapid prototyping of location-based media platforms.
The are two main components of Open Locast platforms: the web application and the mobile application, which work together to create a platform for creating, describing, and viewing location-based media. The main building block of Locast is the “cast”, which is a collection of media taken at the same location. These casts are further organized into collections, which can be used to group casts by theme or category.