MARS Lab (Mobile Applications for Research Support)
The MARS Lab is a “nomadic laboratory” that supports the use of mobile and wireless communications technologies for both scholarly and community engaged research. The Lab provides access to a collection of wireless devices, software tools and expertise and to help researchers better incorporate a range of mobile communications tools and applications into research projects.
Support is offered for a number of activities including text messaging campaigns, real-time remote data collection, locative media projects, and mobile social media studies. The Lab also conducts research into the technical, administrative, methodological, and ethical dimensions of using mobile communications tools in research. At present the Lab is working with researchers involved in campus safety, public health, civic engagement, and mobile learning activities. The MARS Lab began work in 2009 as an initiative of the Graduate Program in Communication and Technology and is currently supported through funding from the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta.