Urban computing and mobile devices: MyCornr

Button, Angela J. (2007) Urban computing and mobile devices: MyCornr. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 6(3), pp. 52-57.


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MyCornr gives urban residents a personal, bounded space on the Web where they can coordinate their online information, communication, content, and entertainment. This gives users greater control over the constant influx of information and communication that typifies their digital lives. MyCornr also provides relevant, filtered local information and avenues for social networking with proximate communication partners. MyCornr is a widgetized Web page with a communications hub that lets users access multiple communication accounts. It also provides links to and data from the user’s local and global social networks, online content, and entertainment. In addition, MyCornr has a customizable information delivery service that provides access to both local and global information sources. Users can select syndicated feeds that meet their needs or design and share their own feeds with friends. MyCornr lets users move from a safe, controlled personal space to the neighborhood space—and only then to the sometimes overwhelming global expanse of the Internet. MyCornr recognizes that humans exist as individuals, physically within a place. It values the ability to access local community social networks and information sources, thereby transforming everyday Internet use into an eminently meaningful experience. For more information, contact Angela Button at angela.button@qut. edu.au.

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ID Code: 12418
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This Works in Progress department features 12 urban computing projects that span a range of computing and social areas. The first entry examines how an urban environment could operate as a large-scale, real-time control system. One project focuses on annotating public spaces and sharing the tags with others. Two projects tie together social networking in cyberspace with local urban communities. Two projects examine computing and social interactions in physical spaces. Two entries explore how to combine synthetic and physical views of urban environments. Four entries investigate how we explore urban spaces, interact with technology in those spaces, and create shared community histories. This department is part of a special issue on urban computing.
Keywords: pervasive computing, community informatics, urban computing, urban informatics
DOI: 10.1109/MPRV.2007.69
ISSN: 1536-1268
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 IEEE
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Deposited On: 11 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:55

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