FIRB

FIRB EU-India Project

The main goal of the project is the customizing, experimenting, verifying and maintaining software and networking infrastructure for enhancing the dissemination, pooling and use of data, information, and knowledge, among academia, research centres and industry. The project is coordinated by the University of Udine in collaboration with the B.M. Birla Science Centre.
The link of the project are: http://www.ricercaitaliana.it/firb/dettaglio_completo_firb-RBIN04M8S8.htm and http://euindia.dimi.uniud.it/.

mDvara 2.0

The mDvara 2.0 model aims to apply Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 social dynamics to cultural heritage sector.

With Web 2.0 and social software we represent all web-based services with “an architecture of participation”, that is, an architecture featuring a high interaction level among users and allowing users to generate, share, and take care of the content. With this approach people are not just passive users but main actors and contents provider: users write blogs and comments, they tag, link, and upload photos, pictures, videos, and podcasts.

A number of cultural institutions and museums are introducing in their projects some Web 2.0 applications, but the main knowledge source remains a small group of a few experts. Our approach is different: we plan to let all the users, the crowd, to be the main contents provider. We think users can be reliable and effective content providers, and that the wisdom of crowds is a very important source of knowledge. Can the crowd actively participate to the cultural heritage life? Can the crowd become the undisputed contents owner? We believe it is possible or at least worthwhile to try.

The mDvara 2.0 prototype is an independent web application integrated through web services with the platform for Indian cultural heritage content management (E-Dvara). This application is submitted to the users through a specific client side application, defined CAB (Context Aware Browser), available for iPhone and Android powered phones.

With this application the users visiting museums and cultural sites obtain support and information directly on their mobile device. Indeed using different localization approaches (WiFi, GPS and QRCode) the application detect the context of the user and offer them the most suitable cultural contents. These contents are retrieved from the E-Dvara platform and other services offered by the Web 2.0 (Wikipedia, Picasa, Flickr, Blogs, etc…).

Moreover, the mDvara 2.0 application offer to the users the possibility to directly produce content to be made available to other visitors. Users can upload photo (to Flickr or Picasa), modify their twitter status, update their blog (on Blogger) and rate the contents retrieved from the web. In this way they can be active actors during the visit and contribute to the growth of the cultural heritage system.

Link to online demo – http://smdc.uniud.it/simulator/test.html

The project was developed within the International FIRB project in conjunction with the University of Udine and the MoBe Ltd

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Readersourcing

The readersourcing model aims at taking advantage of reader opinions, in order to overcome referees shortage, and also to follow the mass collaboration, collective intelligence, and wisdom of the crowd principles enabled and enhanced by Web 2.0. Of course, simply allowing readers to express their judgement on the paper they read cannot be a reasonable approach, as not all readers can be considered equally prepared and reliable; that is why the proposed model also assigns a rating to each reviewer, so that judgments from those who have proven to be good reviewers do count more than those who should not be trusted. Such a rating is implicitly and dynamically generated by the system, through the continuous comparison of the judgments expressed by the readers on each paper with its current score; providing – or having provided – correct (wrong) judgments will therefore lead to higher (lower) reader ratings, hopefully generating a virtuous circle.Link to online demo – http://www.readersourcing.org/

The project was partially supported by the International FIRB project in conjunction with the University of Udine.