Project Overview


SOCIETIES will radically improve the utility and scope of future Internet services by merging social computing and pervasive computing through the design, implementation and evaluation of an open scalable service architecture and platform for self-orchestrating Community Smart Spaces.

The vision of SOCIETIES is to develop a complete, integrated Community Smart Space (CSS), which extends pervasive systems beyond the individual to dynamic communities of users. CSSs will embrace on-line community services, such as Social Networking in order to offer new and powerful ways of working, communicating and socialising.

The SOCIETIES project aims to investigate and address the gap between pervasive and social computing by designing, implementing and evaluating an open scalable service architecture and platform for Community Smart Spaces (CSSs). A CSS is inherently context-aware, self-organising, self-improving and capable of pro-active behaviour aiming to optimise and personalise the pervasive experience of an entire community. In addition to the resources controlled by its individual owner, a CSS may also provide public access to its devices, services and resources.

CSSs are the building blocks for enabling pervasive computing in social communities. CSSs constitute the bridge between a user’s context (devices, sensors etc.) and the social community the user is a part of. A CSS is a digital representation of a user or organisation, and impact of their services, information and resources, within a set of communities. As such it represents the users dynamic contribution (as a member) to one or more communities. A CSS is based on a Personal Smart Space (PSS) and thus incorporates all of the functionalities of the highly acclaimed PSS paradigm [Persist]. The CSS provides its owner with a suite of services which support the creation of, and participation in, pervasive communities as well as a range of intelligent cross-community functionalities which enable the individual community member to benefit from the information and services of the community as a whole. A community is a collection of CSSs and/or supporting infrastructure services, who wish to collaborate for mutual agreed purpose for which the community formed.

Project Implementation

CSSs will enable groups of users sharing one or more common goals or interests for a non-trivial period of time to join together in pervasive communities. There are many criteria that can be used to form a community of individuals or organisations, such as the following:

• Sharing the same geographic location (current location, or location/area of residence or work, etc.). This also includes groups of persons that are often co-located (e.g. family members, colleagues, fellow students, classmates, residents of the same building, neighbours).
• Having the same or similar preferences or other types of context information.
• Sharing common interests (service-related interests, financial/business interests, hobbies, etc.)
• Sharing a common belief, idea, or goal
• Sharing common experiences or background or knowledge
• Ties of friendship, kinship, communication/interaction, authority/hierarchy, trust, shared membership, or other forms of social relationships.

Key Objectives

SOCIETIES will research and investigate how a CSS can support communities with intelligent, adaptive and collaborative features while providing mechanisms for managing multiple communities including community hierarchies and networks of communities. SOCIETIES will identify the functionality necessary to support collaborative communities of arbitrary sizes. It will support the dynamic creation and membership of a community from users’ CSSs (including their services, devices and resources). Each CSS will address all the community needs of a single individual and facilitate interactions amongst the smart spaces of the community members to which that individual belongs. The development of the CSS concept provides an ideal basis for the deployment of autonomous context aware self-evolving communities to support collaboration in a variety of fields.

SOCIETIES is funded by the FP7 Programme. The SOCIETIES project has been running since October 2010 and will be completed in 2014.




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