Urban computing and mobile devices : mobile Location Bookmarking

Bilandzic, Mark & Foth, Marcus (2007) Urban computing and mobile devices : mobile Location Bookmarking. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 6(3), pp. 53-57.


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Mobile Location Bookmarking, an urban community platform, lets residents use their mobile phones to leave virtual notes at places of interest and share their experiences with other residents in real time. Using keywords, residents retrieve bookmarked locations and use them as a location-based city guide. Users can retrieve a list of annotations depending on their current position and the tags they used to describe their entries. So, searching for "tennis" might return entries about the local tennis club, a sports equipment store, or any facility that other users have tagged as such. Because all notes include their GPS position, the system can automatically generate directions.

The system leverages residents’ collective intelligence to create and categorize information about any site in the city. The principle corresponds with the folksonomy paradigm of Web 2.0 applications such as Flickr (www.flickr.com) and del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us). Other location-based city services, such as Lancaster University’s GUIDE project (www.guide.lancs.ac.uk/overview.html), are controlled by a single entity, making it hard to keep information up todate. Because our system builds on usergenerated content, it implicitly responds to residents’ developing interests, such as new urban hotspots or keywords. To appropriately aggregate the large number of comments on a small mobile display, we encourage users to rate other entries for quality and usefulness. An internal ranking system ensures that users receive the most popular location bookmarks first. For more information, contact Mark Bilandzic at markbilandzic@gmail.com or Marcus Foth at m.foth@qut.edu.au.

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ID Code: 8705
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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, urban environments, mobile location bookmarking, urban community platform, bookmark, location, based
DOI: 10.1109/MPRV.2007.69
ISSN: 1536-1268
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Decision Support and Group Support Systems (080605)
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)
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: 19 Jul 2007 00:00
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