In collaboration with Dr Elton Barker and his team at HESTIA, the Herodotus Encoded Space-Text-Imaging Archive (HESTIA), an open source project using Creative Commons Attribution Licence material and coding we are exploring the opportunities for teachers, learners and researchers to make use of the interface ("Herodotus Earth" and Herodotus Narrative Timeline) in a manner that is engaging, useful, enlightening and meaningful.
We aim to research the following issues:
1. The usefulness and meaning of the interfacing when researching, teaching or learning about the ancient world
2. To propose easy ways of exploring materials through the use of software and web 2.0 tools
3. How to keep users engaged and interested and the user activities that can accomplish that
4. Explore if any learning takes place and what that learning is. Also its participatory nature.