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June 24, 2008

Taking Glastonbury Mobile

GLASTONBURY, England – We’re only days away from the start of one of the biggest music festivals in the world and it’s good to see that the latest tech is being employed to keep revelers in the know. Alfie and crew from Moblog have collaborated with the likes of WaterAid, Greenpeace and Oxfam to create the ultimate Glastonbury Mashup. Armed with a gaggle of N78s and N82s, the crew will be wandering the festival and using the phone’s cameras and GPS to shoot and geotag the most interesting stuff at the event.

The moblog was set up for the Love of the Farm – Leave no trace project which aims to reduce the number of cows eating tent pegs when the event is over (apparently a big problem after last year’s festival). But it’s reach is much further than just finding rubbish. Seven charity staffers along with dozens of volunteers will be roaming the festival site and taking snaps of the most unusual nooks and crannies along with do. And, as you might expect given who’s involved, there’ll be a big focus on finding stuff that’s good for the environment, such as stall holders using solar power. Every pic will be geotagged with an exact location thanks to the Nseries’ use of AGPS.

Updates will be available on the LeaveNoTrace site with a map outlining all the cool stuff. Given the environmental bent, all the data will be available to reuse, help out next year’s festival and available for people to integrate into their sites.

Festival-goers will also be able to add to the blog (it’s featured in the Glastonbury handbook) simply by sending an SMS to the moblog. Additionally, users can sign up for a Moblog account where they will also be able to use Spinvox to blog for free.

Artists will be in on the act as well as they’ll be interviewed back stage to help encourage revelers to leave the place tidy. What’s cool though is their messages will be converted to texts to create blog posts, but will also include the audio file so you can here the message too.

We’ve embedded the map below so you can follow it as the festival unfurls (it kicks off on Friday, but expect to see updates being added from now). We’re planning to pull some pics together later in the week so stay tuned for that.

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