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ORLM Professor Publishes State Park iPad Application


Craig RademacherDr. Craig Rademacher recently published a new iPad App about Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® in Southern California. Anza-Borrego is the largest state park in California at about 600,000 acres (10 times larger than Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park).

The Borrego app is a re-conceptualization of the traditional park brochure for the mobile media era. Borrego is entirely digital and contains original photographs, slide shows, artist profiles, and 7 original essays by Dr. Rademacher. In addition it contains a touch interactive park map and discoverable information about wildlife and park safety.

The Borrego app is groundbreaking as the first iPad application about a specific state park in California. Additionally it is the first iPad app published by an NMU faculty member. Dr. Rademacher is showcasing the app as part of an upcoming presentation at the National Association for Interpretation National Workshop in November.

Available for sale in iTunes, Borrego is the outgrowth of Dr. Rademacher’s ongoing study and research into the growing presence of mobile media in interpreting the value and meaning of recreation resources and public lands. In January 2012 Dr. Rademacher will be teaching a course on New and Portable Media in Interpretation (RE 482) at Northern. According to Dr. Rademacher, “Mobile apps represent one of the important ways park visitors will find and use information on public lands. I am happy to be able to teach NMU students the skills and knowledge needed to be successful communicators using this new media form.”

To learn more about mobile media in interpretation visit the New Media in Interpretation blog (http://newmedia.nmu.edu). To learn more about the Borrego iPad app go to BorregoBrochure.com .

Inquiries about these projects can be directed to Dr. Craig Rademacher at crademac@nmu.edu.


ORLM Professor Goes Digital

Dr. Craig Rademacher has been awarded an NMU COPS Scholarship Grant to continue his work on a digital Flash Publication “The Pictured Rocks Journal.” The modern magazine will be a media rich interactive journal focusing on the cultural and natural history of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The digital publication will utilize Adobe Flash technology to deliver content on the web.  It will also be “green” in that it will utilize a carbon neutral publishing method and will only be available in digital format.

When you visit a national park or museum interpretation has now become more media rich.  Dr. Rademacher’s Flash publication is relatively unexplored and an exciting new development in the area of interpretive design media.  For a web based virtual tour of the Flash publication go to: http://newmedia.nmu.edu/PIROJournal  This Pictured Rocks Journal project is designed to anticipate this shift in portable media delivery as another available option.

This new flash based publications will improve upon the current ones using sites like Zinio.com and Texterity.com. The National Parks Foundation currently publishes a Flash-based version of their Parks magazine (National Parks.org) where they feature hyperlinks to other pages and content.  Typically no audio or video is included and they are really PDF documents formatted for Flash style delivery. Dr. Rademacher’s cutting edge design will be the first Flash-based journal published in the interpretation profession. It will leverage new technology through Yudu.com that will permit the embedding of multimedia in conjunction with Flash Technology

It is expected to generate much interest by professional interpreters, the National Park Service, and other public land and recreation management agencies. It will likewise prove valuable to Dr. Rademacher as an academician, as it will advance his abilities; but students will also benefit greatly as the skills will be directly transferable to them. This will enhance their educational experience and job readiness. The Park and the visitors will be able to experience first hand the new media which with extend the range and depth of the interpretive messages about the area.  When published this digital park journal will be accessible locally, regionally and nationally.

Congratulations Dr. Rademacher on combining such an innovative idea with educational applications, It will advance the possibilities available for national parks and give park visitors an expanded and richer experience. The first issue is scheduled for release in April, 2009.

For more information about new media go to http://newmedia.nmu.edu.