Category Archives: Social Networking

Where Current Mobile/Location-Commerce Paradigms fall Short And Why

The future of Mobile Business is in Location – now, really!??

Listening to the mobile technology, device and communication industries’ big players currently puts into place two core assumptions about how mobile device usage is going to develop within the years to come:

  1. Location is everything
  2. Location doesn’t matter anymore

As though these seem quite contradictive at first glance, there is some truth to be found inside these paroles, as soon as one takes a closer look:

While mobile devices give you (and the rest of us…) the power to make more informed decisions depending on where you are and where you intend to be in near future (think of navigation, public transit guidance or ), they also disconnect us from the necessity of presence e.g. at airport counters for check-in or .

Despite these advantages, there is an obvious difference between if you go to let’s say an airport on a daily basis for work, occasionally to catch a flight, to pick-up somebody who is arriving or simply for plane spotting and having fun with your kids.

As J. P. Barton already figured out more than a decade ago, real world situational context is not simply about location, but much more about people, places and the things at hand, along with time and the conditions/limitations you encounter.

Barely none but location, however, has been targeted by technological approaches on an end-user scale this far.

This comes out even more interesting, as the technical and organizational hurdles involved have already appeared to be taken an entire decade ago.

Some of the more relevant reasons, why the industry is nonetheless quite slow in anticipating the market potential coming with services like intelligent tickets, context-aware travel-itineraries or automated product-matching for webshops, appear to lie in the integration of already existing, but widely distributed and differing data sources.

This is, where I believe Linked Data can go a long way in easing the adoption process by providing common means for exchanging information online and in near- or even realtime.

Solutions to practically showcase the application of Semantic Web technology to provide such services are to be developed by our appliance team within the coming moths. Stay tuned. :-)

QR Chalking viable to mark-up the real world?

 
Well, admittedly my first experiments’ results proved less than wonderful. As you can see, I went with a QR shape made of card board, diligently hand-cut from the Amazon package the chalk spray came in.

 

screen, spraychalk and shape to add a "quiet zone" around the pattern

 

While the first tests using white paper instead of chalk colour under the Matrix shape turned out quite promising, the final result on asphalt was not readable at all, despite having added the mandatory "quiet zone" around the actual code display (not shown on the picture) before running the readability tests.

 

 

Anyway, with future expriments I’ll start with a more even surface as a background and less colour, so that the individual squares hopefully will not bleed into each other as much as they did with this first print.
 

Will keep you updated about future outcomes.
 

Fascinating Insights from the First Ontologist Workshop at Max-Planck-Institute Leipzig

 
Having joined the OBML workgroup‘s 1st workshop at the University of Leipzig Max-Planck-Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology for the last two days, I am left quite impressed.
 

Not only by the presenters’ track records, but also by the sheer number and diversity of researchers and practitioners Prof. Dr. rer. nat habil. Heinrich Herre managed to bring together for the event. Commonly such gatherings here in Germany would consist of ten people at most ;-) — this time there were more than 50 experts, including international guests, from institutions and companies all over the country.
 

Nevertheless, something extremely re-assuring that I am taking away is not only the obvious development progress in the ontology sector, but also the fact, that even the most renowned experts in the field struggle with the very same technical insufficiencies as we do, when designing new data models for our SemaWorx application base.
 

Therefore we also had a very enlightening (entertaining goes without saying…) evening at local Cafe Madrid, where over the delicious meal discussion focus lay more on the practically achievable short-term benefits of current semantic modeling approaches, rather than their long-term optimization wishlist (hopefully I didn’t get this imprecise now… ;-)).
 

 

 

 

 

9th JCI Leipzig "Wirtschaftstreff" 2009
at the Radisson Blu Leipzig

 
Coming Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 07.30 p.m. the "Wirtschaftsjunioren" local JCI chapter here in Leipzig invite to their monthly social gathering "Wirtschaftstreff" at the Radisson Blu Hotel’s "Spagos" Bar/Lounge.
 

view of lounge area

 
This time the public event includes an update by Ines Falkenhan on Family Affair: Balancing Family And Work for working parents living in the Leipzig area.

   In case you are not from here or don’t know the Radisson, this map will assist you finding us. The facility exists right opposite from the well-known Augustusplatz.
 

Radisson Blu Hotel Leipzig, Augustusplatz 5/6, 04109 Leipzig, Germany

 
See you on Thursday ! :-)
 

Darmstadt: Even more regulars joining Cosima’s IT table on each month's second Tuesday

O.k. it’s been some time, since I visited or even wrote about the tables for coding regulars taking place the second Tuesday every month in Darmstadt. What has changed since then not only is that you now get your invitations mostly via XING instead of e-mail (though you’re of course still welcome to join unannouncedly as well…), but also location and size: the crowd regulars gathering there seems to have grown pretty much from intimate (once) to almost ;-) intimidating size; rarely finding a pub capable of seating the now at least 30 people together every month. Even though I did not meet with all too many acquaintances, I had a very pleasant evening with wonderful insights from most any part of the IT industy. Convince yourself and drop by next time you’re in the area…
 

Portrait: Cosima and Me

 

 

Overview: the entire table