– It feels really rewarding to be able to carry out research "at home" and contribute to development in our own region, says Anna Ståhlbröst, Professor of Information Systems.
The research is carried out within the framework of the project Levande landskap. The aim is to create an enhanced cross-border value around Lule Sami nature and cultural heritage, which in turn can contribute to more experiences and more developed tourism. In addition to Luleå University of Technology, two museums participate in the project, Ájjte in Jokkmokk and Árran in the Norwegian town Drag.
The researchers at Luleå University of Technology focus on service design and digital innovative use solutions. The core of the project is to digitize parts of the Sami cultural heritage.
– Our contribution consists mainly of two parts. To develop an app, and partly to work on digitizing parts of the artifacts found at the two participating museums, says Anna Ståhlbröst.
The Lule Sami area stretches along the Lule River across both Sweden and Norway, from the Kaitum River in the north to the Pite River in the south. It is a vast and largely uninhabited area.
– There are challenges we have to deal with. When developing the app, for example, we have to keep in mind that there is not always internet available in the places where people are located. And maybe not even the opportunity to charge the mobile phone, Anna Ståhlbröst explains.
Mari Runardotter, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, agrees.
– There are many special conditions in this region and it is really fun to actually do research where we live and work.