- Pictures of Traces of Places, People, and Groups: Recent Work from the Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group
Abstract: The Microsoft Research Community Technologies group focuses on the study and enhancement of computer mediated collective action systems. In this talk I will present recent developments in projects that highlight and attempt to enhance computer mediated collective action: Netscan, SNARF and AURA.
Netscan is a set of tools and services for online communities. Netscan manufactures "social accounting metadata" about Usenet newsgroups and web boards.
SNARF applies the concepts explored in the Netscan project to personal collections of email. SNARF provides tools to implement "social sorting."
AURA is a platform for Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and mobile PCs that have various kinds of sensors such as barcode readers, cameras, WiFi detectors, RFID tag readers, and GPS. Using AURA, users can scan the barcodes on everyday objects in the home, office, or store and gain access to related information and services such as competitive pricing and product reviews.
update: a few pics!
(marc and USF professor benjamin wells)