Monday, June 16, 2008

The Web of Location -- This Wednesday -- MIT Enterprise Forum Symposium

Location-Based Services, Geotagging, and Map Mashups

As noted before, I will be moderating this exciting panel this Wednesday, with prominent speakers from IAC (,, etc.), Smarter Agent, MeetMoi, and uLocate.

A nice perspective on major trends that are fueling rapid growth in this area is provided in “Location–Based Services: Back to the Future” in the April-June 2008 IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine. Key strategic changes outlined there are:
  • Reactive to proactive (queries vs. tracking and event driven)
  • Self-referencing to cross-referencing (users only vs. other targets)
  • Single-target to multi-target (many moving objects)
  • Content-oriented to application-oriented (dynamic location, context, and function)
  • Operator-centric to user centric (based on open, standard middleware and user-owned location data)
As noted in my earlier post, this Web of Location relates to a variety of new dimensions in Web services (), including many Web 2.0 aspects, such as the Social Web. We expect to explore this in an interesting session, and hope you can join us.

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