Originally constructed out of the ARIS notebook, Siftr
is a social media app that engages users in field research through the documenting and sharing of images. Siftr allows users to upload a photograph, provide a caption, link the photograph to its location on a map, and tag it with one of five pre-determined themes. Combining crowd-sourcing with basic principles of field research, Siftr encourages users to experience and perceive their surroundings through a defined topic such as folklore
, all while collectively developing a pool of publicly-accessible data. In addition to being iOS and Android compatible, Siftr was built as a web app, so users can upload photos "in the field" or take a photograph and upload it later from a desktop. What's more, anyone can easily design and build their own Siftr to integrate into short-term class projects or longer field research initiatives.
This hour-long workshop will consist of three segments. The first segment will cover the how-to's of Siftr and discuss the results and lessons learned from various collaborations with UW-Madison faculty members. In the second segment, attendees will have the opportunity to brainstorm innovative applications for Siftr and get a crash course in designing their own Siftr - spoiler alert.....it's easy! The third segment will send attendees into the field to experience Siftr firsthand by documenting examples of sustainability on the UW-Madison campus. Join us to learn more about this ARIS-inspired platform that blurs the traditional boundaries of the classroom and brings learning outside!