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Uncovering History and FolkloreNear Vasalopps-Arenan: Exploring Functions of Mobile Applications for an E-Guide
Högskolan Dalarna, Akademin Industri och samhälle, Turismvetenskap.
Högskolan Dalarna, Akademin Industri och samhälle, Turismvetenskap.
2015 (engelsk)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 poäng / 15 hpOppgave
Abstract [en]

The location of focus is Vasalopps-Arenan, a trail of historical relevance in Sweden both forthe world famous ski race, Vasaloppet, which has been held yearly since 1922, and the journeyof Gustav Vasa, upon which it is named. The potential to expand the all-season use of thetrail with the advent of free Wi-Fi along its 90 km length further supports this means. Vasalopps-Arenan is also the organization responsible for the trail system of the same name.Instead of the ski-race that the arena is best known for, this research focuses on the historicalevidence, stories, myths, and folklore previously underrepresented, and connecting them tophysical and natural phenomena that surround the research area, through the formulation ofnarratives. The introduction of literature related to narrative authenticity and interpretationwill give context to the importance of gathering primary and secondary data, for the creationof narratives that convey the stories accurately and effectively. This data is collected and analysedusing qualitative methods, through which the implemented process of deducing theirinclusion into narratives, will be beneficial for both this study and the organization, VA. Bydoing this, a connection is made between physical attractions and the area’s history and folklore,to satisfy the formulation of narratives that are intended for presentation within a digitalguide or application. A smartphone application that enables the capture of video, audio, photoimages, GPS information, can provide opportunities for much deeper and meaningful e-guideexperiences. Introducing a technological background and current applications in the marketwill provide context for both a scale formed to provide a foundation upon which Vasalopps-Arenan can build user specific information relative to its trail, and to determine what functionswould be most beneficial for the user categories of Vasalopps-Arenan. This study willuncover underrepresented/unrepresented historical data related to folklore, myths, physicalattractions and ancient beliefs within the region of this study’s focus, for the purpose of beingincluded into an e-guide/smartphone application. The study will conclude that the findings fornarrative inclusion are suitable for use within a mobile e-guide platform, and that the functionsof an application intended for different user categories also support the future creation ofthe proposed Vasalopps-Arenan application.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-16961OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-16961DiVA, id: diva2:789481
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