Live Social Semantics

  • Harith Alani
  • Martin Szomszor
  • Ciro Cattuto
  • Wouter Van den Broeck
  • Gianluca Correndo
  • Alain Barrat
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5823)


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.


Social Networking Site Online Social Network Contact Data Conference Attendee Contact Graph 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harith Alani
    • 1
  • Martin Szomszor
    • 1
  • Ciro Cattuto
    • 2
  • Wouter Van den Broeck
    • 2
  • Gianluca Correndo
    • 1
  • Alain Barrat
    • 3
    • 2
  1. 1.Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia, School of Electronics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Complex Networks and Systems GroupInstitute for Scientific Interchange (ISI) FoundationTurinItaly
  3. 3.Centre de Physique Théorique (CNRS UMR 6207)MarseilleFrance

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