Travel Mashups

Abstract

Web 2.0 has revolutionized the way users interact with information, by adding a vast amount of services, where end users explicitly and implicitly, and as a side effect of their use, generate content that feeds back into optimization of these services. The resulting (integrated) platforms support users in and across different facets of life, including discovery and exploration, travel and tourism. This chapter discusses the creation and use of Travel Mashups, defined based on the varied travel information needs of different end users, spanning temporal, social and spatial dimensions. The Web is presented in this chapter as a platform for bridging these dimensions, through the definition and use of composite, web- and mobile-based services. We examine the state of the art in existing mashups in the field, in addition to other relevant applications and the services available to build these, leading to a discussion of the multiple perspectives taken in creating such mashups. Based on this analysis we present a generalized architecture for Travel Mashups, from which we identify areas where opportunities exist to improve on the services currently available to the end user. The chapter concludes with a brief description of a scenario that elicits the information needs of an end user exploring an unfamiliar location, and demonstrates how the Topica Travel Mashup leverages social streams to provide a topical profile of Points of Interest that satisfies these user’s requirements.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amparo E. Cano
    • 1
  • Aba-Sah Dadzie
    • 1
  • Fabio Ciravegna
    • 1
  1. 1.The OAK Group, Department of Computer ScienceThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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