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Easy and friendly access to geographic information for mobile users


HYPERGEO aims at providing technical tools to enable value-added information services related to Geographic information. HYPERGEO name shows that the project handles both information (HYPER or Hypertext) and geography (GEO). The technical objectives are to develop and integrate, in single system, innovative software components enabling the users to formulate advance requests, to access information in both pull and push modes, and to display the information in efficient "multi-layered" form.

The business objective is to prepare the way for innovative services offerings for primarily for mobile needing to access geographic information for their activity. Mobile users are the main, but not exclusive, target. It will also be applied to fixed users, being interested in geographic information. Detailed objectives are:

Study and develop advanced information technology components to improve information systems efficiency and user friendliness.
Study new methods to make efficient use of remote geographic information, in particular for mobile users.
Demonstrate the performances through a Tourism Information system because its requirements are very representative.
Show possible extension to other information systems applications and define possible models for operation.

Work description:
HYPERGEO workplan includes the following activities:

Research and development activities:

Research and development activities for human centred information technology in following areas:
- Distributed information access and management (data mining)
- Advanced request tool, including natural language processing.
- User profile and preferences, including geographic location.
- Improved Information presentation (with geographic attributes) and access (security/privacy).

Four components, covering the above issues, will be developed. Their definition, the technological solutions and the interfaces will allow reuse in various applications.

Prototyping activities:
A Tourism Information Service prototype, built on the above components combining:
- A server, linked to distributed and remote information resources.
- A terminal, for exploitation before the travel (fixed terminal at home or for professional users) and during the travel (mobile terminal).

Market and business activities: developments will be made after a users needs synthesis. It will be validated during demonstrations, in which end users and operators are involved. Results and performances assessment task will also show how HYPERGEO results contribute to various information services.

Two ways of promoting these results are foreseen: through technological products development, or through information services deployment.

HYPERGEO milestones are: a requirement review (users requirement, system design), a mid term review (first version of the software components), a review of the first experimentation activities, a final review (final experimentation results, exploitation plan, results dissemination). The project duration is 24 months

The project team groups 9 partners, including Information Technology suppliers, research laboratories, and users.

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