The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded over $81,000 to Marshall University Research Corp. to upgrade a website and mobile app that provide information on nearby historical and cultural landmarks.
The program is called Clio after the ancient muse of history and is online at http://www.theclio.com
Associate history professor David Trowbridge created the app the 2013. Marshall said in a news release that Trowbridge will lead a team with assistance from software engineers to incorporate new location-aware technology.
The project has also received funds from donors and a matching grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
The new platform will allow organizations throughout the country to create free walking tours with narration and augmented reality features.
The program has grown to more than 30,000 landmarks and 450 walking tours.