Come See the Cleveland History iPhone App at Ingenuity Fest!

This weekend at Ingenuity Fest in Cleveland, we will be unveiling our latest project, Cleveland Historical, a mobile application debuting for iPhone this Fall. Below we’ve included some teaser images to whet your appetite, but be sure to drop by our booth at Ingenuity for some hands-on mobile history.

These screenshots are from the beta application, which means the app may change a bit by the time you get your hands on it. Planned features at launch include a GPS-enabled map showing nearby points of interest linked to historical text, archival images, oral history audio with Cleveland residents and scholars, and original documentary videos; user-created and curated Cleveland History tours; and search and browse functionality. With version 2.0, we hope to add integration with social media sharing services (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc.), user contributions, desktop and mobile browser access, support for Android devices, and more.

For those of you interested in the background and technology, we can tell you a tiny bit more. For one, while the Center provides guidance on development and design, as well as produces all of the content, the software behind the app is developed by DXY Solutions, with visual and interface design by Epstein Design Partners. Both firms are located here in Cleveland and staffed by some of the most talented and professional designers and developers in the city. The “back end” of the app runs on Omeka, an open source archival collection and exhibition platform designed for museums, libraries, and humanities projects. For a great primer on Omeka, read “Omeka and its Peers.” If you’ve followed our recent work, you know that we use Omeka in several of our public history projects.

Keep an eye on, where we will be adding a download link (it’s there now but not active yet), an email update subscription form (so you’ll know when the app is released, and when new features, content, and partners are announced), and a donation link (so we can keep this project going and growing). For more information or to get involved, send us a note at

UPDATE: The app is now available at

Come See the Cleveland History iPhone App at Ingenuity Fest!

2 Responses

  1. Looking forward to version 2.0 with support for Android devices! Thanks.

    Tony Ramos March 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm #
  1. » Blog Archive » Welcome - October 9, 2010

    […] I direct the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities, which has a very active plan this semester.  We are developing a regional archive, Teaching & Learning Cleveland, built in the open-source Omeka software from the Center for History & New Media.  Teaching & Learning Cleveland is the backbone for the Center for Public History & Digital Humanities’ next major community history project.  We have also created a host of digital projects, usually in conjunction with the community, including our recently released iPhone Application, Cleveland Historical, which will be available for Android and Blackberry soon. Learn more about it here. […]