Book Chapter

Urban computing to bridge online and real-world social networks

V Kostakos, E O'Neill

Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City | Published : 2008


In this paper, we describe a platform that enables us to systematically study online social networks alongside their real-world counterparts. Our system, entitled Cityware, merges users’ online social data, made available through Facebook, with mobility traces captured via Bluetooth scanning. Furthermore, our system enables users to contribute their own mobility traces, thus allowing users to form and participate in a community. In addition to describing Cityware’s architecture, we discuss the type of data we are collecting, and the analyses our platform enables, as well as users’ reactions and thoughts.

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