Researchers in Spain are promising a better mobile telephone user experience by applying semantic technology to customize an application related to user tastes and preferences, social relations, services and environment.

Science Daily brought this to our attention in their article, “New Semantic Model Improves Mobile Telephone User Experience.” Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s Facultad de Informática have developed the mIO! ontology network. The ontology network includes local information on the user, environment, entertainment, and social information.

An ontology is a semantic model representing the knowledge about a particular domain and provides for communication and information exchange among different systems and agents. Combine this with the knowledge of the user context and they can configure, discover, run and improve different services of potential interest to mobile phone users.

Interesting application of semantic technology; it will be equally interesting to see how it is applied and evolves.

Melody K. Smith

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