HRA has partnered with the University of West Florida to offer NextExitHistory, a website and mobile media program supported by iphone and android apps that identify and display site specific information about historic locations and events. Each identified site is geotagged by longitude and latitude using Google Maps. NextExitHistory offers a dynamic way to showcase Lewis and Clark history and facilitate both public education and heritage tourism. Each site can display multiple photos (slide show) audio, video and graphics.
The Chapter will provide researach material, photos and video footage to HRA who will assemble the final product and update the database. There are many mobile apps and websites availabale for a variety of historic locations, but NextExit History brings a wide range of history together with a single entry point instead of a separate app for each specific topic. There are currently in excess of 50,000 locations on this website, but very few are Lewis and Clark related.
The plan is to have the five location pilot completed for demonstrations at the National fuondation's annual meeting in Bismarck the end of July. If all goes well the next step will be to complete the entire trail and the eastern legacy locations.