As written by Kathleen Thompson

“Clio is a nonprofit humanities organization that connects users to nearby history and culture through a free educational website and mobile application that hosts individual entries, tours, and trails. Clio is also designed for instructors to use in the classroom to teach the skills of doing history and to promote the work of scholars to a public audience.

Over the past few years, Clio has been improving the platform. New features include an overview map of where visitors are in relation to the tour stops and augmented reality (AR) features with real-time arrows pointing them to the next tour location. Visitors can also download a PDF of a tour on their phones, which is helpful at sites with limited cell service or for use on hiking trails. Clio has added several new tour formats, including a heritage trail (which allows for a larger interpretive tour), a digital story map, and a category for hiking trails. A brand-new feature will soon allow for multi-floor tours, which will let sites create separate zones for an entire building. Clio is also developing the use of QR codes to access a tour. This gives museums, historic sites, and many other institutions a diverse set of tools to build Clio resources to fit their needs.”

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