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The design and development of a generic location based social media engine

Ogden, RL 2014, The design and development of a generic location based social media engine , MSc by research thesis, University of Salford.

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This thesis examines how location aware applications have evolved alongside the rise in high powered mobile devices that provide a location sensing function. A user's location can now be exploited for the delivery of content that is contextually relevant and for users to tag their own content with location specific information. This in turn has given rise to location-based social media in which common social media applications have now become location aware. However, the growth in location-based social media has resulted in the development of incompatible systems and so this thesis presents the case for the creation of a generic and extensible application engine to facilitate new location-based social media applications. Social media applications have been categorised into six main types, and the impact of location has been assessed against each one. From this a generic location-based social media engine was developed using open-source technologies with the core features which spanned across these social media types, and was built on a modular system which allowed the differences to be either configured through configuration files or programmed as separate modules. This applicability of this engine was then demonstrated by implementing it in a cross section of social media types. This was on the whole successful with those limitations that arose being clearly identified and their impact assessed. The thesis provides an analysis of the state of the art for location-based social media, a rationale with a set of requirements for the developed engine and details on key aspects of the engine's design. This is followed by a description of the tests used, an evaluation of the results obtained and a series of recommendations outlining the suitability of the engine as the basis for the creation of new location-based social media applications.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc by research)
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Funders: University of Salford
Depositing User: Mr Richard L Ogden
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 15:31
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:53

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