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m-Science: Sensing, Computing, and Dissemination

Posted by ccarlon on Jan 26, 2012
m-Science: Sensing, Computing, and Dissemination data sheet 569 Views
Canessa, Enrique and Marco Zennaro
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Publication Date: 
Nov 2010
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Mobile technological tools are being used today to collect basic information in the health, world climate, geophysics, ecology, and other sectors to exchange information, and to access scientific computing among many services. The potentialities of this mobile technology need to be spread out on a larger scale in the academia in particular, and in the society as a whole so that its benefits can become widely accessible for further development. This is an issue that needs more attention and promotion, especially in less developed areas of the world.

We define in this book Mobile Science (or “m-Science” in short) as the term that comprises sensing, computing and dissemination of scientific knowledge by the use of mobile devices. This includes (i) data gathering, (ii) the analysis and process of data, and (iii) the access to on-line services and applications directed to nurture scientists and scholars (such as mobile access to ejournals, podcasts, web lectures, webinars, virtual conferences, mobile collaboration tools, m-Learning, etc).

Based on information extracted from the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) database of scientific publications spanning from 1980 to 2009, the worldʼs scientific product ion has grown from about 400,000 to 1,200,000 publications in the last three decades. This increment of interest in science, together with the recent technological developments in mobile technologies, is making m-Science a completely new field of interest and research development. This book aims to engage the scientific community, engineers and scholars worldwide in the design, development and deployment of the newest mobile applications.



Posted by StephanieMilbergs on Oct 22, 2010
ShoZu data sheet 3932 Views
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Main Contact: 
Chris Wade
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Mobile phone users want to upload content to multiple sites but do not have the time and/or ability to do so.  ShoZu allows content to be shared on multiple sites by clicking one button.  Users can also view friend's content updates through this application.

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Brief Description: 

ShoZu is a provider of mobile social media services that connect mobile consumers with their online social networks, personal blogs, photo storage sites and other Web 2.0 properties from the handset.  The company was founded in 2001 in London and now has offices in San Francisco, France, Spain and Italy.  The company is funded by investors, which include Atlas Venture, Crescendo Ventures, TLcom Capital partners and TTP Ventures.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a mobile phone
Key Features : 

The main sites ShoZu collaborates with are: Flickr, Facebook, Dailymotion, Photobucket, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster, 23, Box, CNN and a few more.  The main kinds of sites the company works with are: photo sharing, online communities, blogging and journalism  Users can choose their mobile phone platforms on ShoZu's website and then purchase the application.

Main Services: 
Mobile Social Network/Peer-to-peer
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Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
All phones/Mobile Browser
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Languages supported: 
English, French, Spanish
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Is an API available to interface with your tool?: 

Can Mobile Internet Help Alleviate Social Exclusion in Developing Countries

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Sep 28, 2010
Can Mobile Internet Help Alleviate Social Exclusion in Developing Countries data sheet 2194 Views
Chigona, W., Valley, J., Beukes, D. and Tanner, M
Publication Date: 
Jan 2009
Publication Type: 
Journal article

Research has shown that traditional Internet has not been successful in alleviating social exclusion in developing country. Since a significant number of the population in developing countries use mobile phones, others have suggested that mobile internet may be the solution to the problem. However, to date there has not been empirical studies in developing countries to explore that possibility. This study aims therefore to explore whether the mobile Internet may be a viable option for addressing social exclusion in a developing country context. Data for the study was gathered using semi-structured interviews with socially excluded individuals and the data was analysed using thematic analysis. The findings of the study show that usage of mobile internet amongst the socially excluded is low mainly because internet-capable cell phones are still beyond the reach of the socially excluded and because of limited awareness of what mobile internet is and what it can achieve. The study also shows that while mobile internet has significant impact in addressing exclusion from social participation, its impact on economic as well political dimensions of exclusions is still limited.

Mobile Phone Use by Young Adults in India: A Case Study

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Sep 28, 2010
Mobile Phone Use by Young Adults in India: A Case Study data sheet 4295 Views
Priyanka Matanhelia
Publication Date: 
Jan 2010
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This study explored the use of mobile phones among young adults in India. The study used the theoretical frameworks of uses and gratifications approach from media studies, socialcognitive domain theory from human development literature and social construction of technology (SCOT) from Science and Technology studies. The main objective of the study was to examine the use of mobile phones to fulfill communication, media and age-related needs by young people in India and to investigate regional and gender differences.

The study was conducted in two phases using a mixed-methods approach. In the first phase, in-depth interviews were conducted with 30 college-going young adults (18 – 24 years) in Mumbai and Kanpur in December 2007 and January 2008. In the second phase, a survey was conducted with 400 college-going young adults (18 – 24 years) in Mumbai and Kanpur.

The qualitative analysis of the data showed that young people in both the cities used cell phones for a variety of communication, news and entertainment needs. Additionally, they considered cell phones as personal items and used them to store private content, maintain privacy and have private conversations. Further, the analysis showed that they used cell phones to negotiate independence from parents and to maintain friendships and create friendships with members of opposite sex.

The quantitative analysis of the data revealed that young people in the two cities used cell phones differently due to the differences in their lifestyles and socio-cultural factors. Additionally, the study found there were only a few gender differences in the use of cell phones by young people, mainly in the use of cell phones for entertainment purposes, negotiation of independence from parents and in forming friendships with members of opposite sex. Finally, the study concluded that young people in India mainly use cell phones for private communication and needs.

The Mobile Minute: How U.S. Adults Use Mobiles, Social Networking Via SMS in Nigeria, and a Dual GSM/CDMA Mobile

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 10, 2010

Today's Mobile Minute brings you coverage on using SMS to access social networks in Nigeria, Organizing for America's new iPhone app that aids political canvassers, HTC's development of a dual GSM and CDMA phone, a pilot project that uses SMS to send information to pregnant women in Peru, and a Pew Research Center report on U.S. adults' mobile phone usage habits.

The Mobile Minute: FrontlineSMS now with MMS, Mobile Fundraising, and Free Phone Calls by Google

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 30, 2010

The Mobile Minute is back with the latest mobile news. What's happening today? FrontlineSMS now supports MMS via email and offers scheduling features, an infographic breaks down the overlap between social networks and mobile phones, non-profits are ramping up their use of mobile giving campaigns, and Google introduces a new computer-to-phone voice service.

After Access - Challenges Facing Mobile-only Internet Users in the Developing World

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Jul 06, 2010
After Access - Challenges Facing Mobile-only Internet Users in the Developing World data sheet 2559 Views
Gitau, Shikoh, Marsden, Gary, & Donner, Jonathan
Publication Date: 
Apr 2010
Publication Type: 
Journal article

This study reports results of an ethnographic action research study, exploring mobile-centric internet use. Over the course of 13 weeks, eight women, each a member of a livelihoods collective in urban Cape Town, South Africa, received training to make use of the data (internet) features on the phones they already owned. None of the women had previous exposure to PCs or the internet. Activities focused on social networking, entertainment, information search, and, in particular, job searches. Results of the exercise reveal both the promise of, and barriers to, mobile internet use by a potentially large community of first-time, mobilecentric users. Discussion focuses on the importance of selfexpression and identity management in the refinement of online and offline presences, and considers these forces relative to issues of gender and socioeconomic status.

Literacy and Community Empowerment with Mobiles: The Jokko Initiative

Posted by LeighJaschke on Aug 06, 2009

The number of women in Tostan villages that have abandoned the practice of female genital cutting is powerful testimony of the organization's impact. The tradition is centuries old. “Since 1997, 3,792 communities in Senegal, 364 in Guinea, and 23 in Burkina Faso, as well as villages from three other African countries, have joined other women [who have participated in Tostan's basic education program] in abandoning this harmful practice,” notes the Tostan website.

Could mobile social networks be the next big thing?

Posted by Bonnie Bogle on Jun 26, 2006

It’s widely accepted that social networks are the latest online wonder child. is the fifth most popular website in the world, is the 20th, and is the 38th, according to traffic ratings. But will these communities work away from the computer?

MySpace thinks so. In April the website made a deal with Cingular to offer text message alerts to people whenever a new comment is added to their MySpace page. And Helio, a start up mobile company, has released a phone chock full of MySpace features that allow mobile users to view MySpace profiles and easily post comments and photos to the website from their phone. If this catches on, it could pave the way and even serve as a model for comprehensive mobile and web campaigns. Cell phones are already being effectively used around the world to contact government officials, register voters, and sway voters. Combining the text, photo, video, and voice capabilities of cell phones with a strong online community could make for very powerful, community-focused campaigns.