Live social semantics

Alani, Harith; Szomszor, Martin; Cattuto, Ciro; den Broeck, Wouter Van; Correndo, Gianluca and Barrat, Alain (2009). Live social semantics. In: 8th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), 25-29 Oct 2009, Westfields Conference Center, Washington, DC, p. 698.




Social interactions are one of the key factors to the success of conferences and similar community gatherings. This paper describes a novel application that integrates data from the semantic web, online social networks, and a real-world contact sensing platform. This application was successfully deployed at ESWC09, and actively used by 139 people. Personal profiles of the participants were automatically generated using several Web~2.0 systems and semantic academic data sources, and integrated in real-time with face-to-face contact networks derived from wearable sensors. Integration of all these heterogeneous data layers made it possible to offer various services to conference attendees to enhance their social experience such as visualisation of contact data, and a site to explore and connect with other participants. This paper describes the architecture of the application, the services we provided, and the results we achieved in this deployment

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