TourML & Tap: An Open-Source Toolset for Mobile Tours

Kyle Jaebker, USA , Gray Bowman, USA

TAP is an open-source software toolkit for the creation of museum mobile experiences. The TAP tools consist of a content authoring environment built on top of the open-source content management system Drupal. These tools allow for the creation of a mobile tour that can be exported into TourML for applications to use. TourML is a specification for tour content which allows for the portability and interoperability of tour content. This allows content to be reused and remixed into different platforms and makes the content not dependent on any specific technology. In addition to the authoring tools the TAP tools include an iOS application and a web-based application for displaying tours.