# Open Research Brief:
## How spatial explorations and tools can be relevant to our work
At Janastu, we have been working in area of annotation, accessible technology and community learning. Over the years we have been playing with ideas of virtual spaces, digital heritage conservation, virtual tours etch with techniques like photogrammetry, virtual reality etc.
As an organisation rooted in field work, a distant working model produces a lot of challenges for us especially in the kinds of engagement which need spatial presence. Examples can be crafts training, providing technical support so community members can fix the mesh on their own, can be something which can help us in mapping our field with help of a local volunteer.
Some of the questions can be:
#### In this respect we want to :
1. Reflect on what areas of work we already done over the years (Through a blog)
2. Challenges we need to account for (Problem/Opportunity Mapping)
3. What kind of tools, workflows and community engagement we can evolve over the years ( Possibilities )
4. Explorations of how it can be done ( concepts/prototypes)
The idea of this research is to explore a lot of playful options and ideas. The more the merrier.
#### Possible Questions to think about:
1. How have storytellers from indigenious and nomadic communities used spatial explorations to tell stories
2. Can these map to a digital interface? to what extent? when does the metaphor break?
3. How might Janastu engage with communities on ground remotely?
4. How might communities use new tools in spatial computing to tell local stories ?
5. Can it be done with old tools?
6. Can we use space as a metaphor for other things?
* Learning (digital literacy?)?
* how we archive
* what we archive
* why we archive
7. How does the team think of spatiality in their everyday work?
Think about the kind of work we do, the kind of community we engage with, the limitations of our tools etc.
#### A good starting point can be:
Feel free to contact Dinesh,Mani,Sanketh,Shafali,Shalini, Micah or anyone else
For interactive panorama: https://bear71vr.nfb.ca/ one of the pano stories from pratiksha on ITB using getfader, https://app.getfader.com/projects/64a1c57f-3824-4cc0-8088-ccf510db976f/publish Hub demo with customized scene objects https://hub.link/vRCCNq7 and this https://hubs.mozilla.com/9ojfiR9/pure-linen-volume Spoke Demo https://hubs.mozilla.com/scenes/En2BTqu Discord Integration https://discord.gg/VmS2p6 Demo with random hesarghatta panorama https://hubs.mozilla.com/9ojfiR9/pure-linen-volume the 360 video from #thehandmade jaata (thanks Nikki) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDsQuP1AoU (see on phone by moving it around)
3D Walks Work 2019 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nu8vF6ZdgD-kdkf61eest6bL3mSqF7D_-gyWGkbAMS4/edit
3D/Design/Videos Walks Works 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mkxA4yJ6bhbi-lTK5CWqkJyP3kva0V8QcSdzr0QFEko/edit
j.mp/myhill is a list of early experiments