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Towards business model and technical platform for the service oriented context-aware mobile virtual communities

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5 Author(s)
Pravin Pawar ; Architecture and Services for Networked Applications Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Twente, The Netherlands ; Julien Subercaze ; Pierre Maret ; Bert-Jan van Beijnum
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The focus of existing virtual communities is centered on a particular product or social interaction and the role of mobile devices is restricted to exchange a limited amount of contents. Herewith we envisage that the upcoming virtual communities will exploit the potential of social interaction and context information to offer personalized services to its members and mobile devices will play a significant role in this process. As a step towards this direction, in this paper we propose a business model for the mobile virtual communities in which the mobile device takes on the role of a content producer and content consumer. Though there are a number of research issues which need to be addressed to realize such virtual communities, in this paper we focus on the service requirements, architecture and open source software implementation of a technical platform for the content producer and consumer mobile devices.

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Computers and Communications, 2008. ISCC 2008. IEEE Symposium on

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6-9 July 2008