Bootstrapping the Location-enhanced World Wide Web
Bill Schilit, Anthony LaMarca, David McDonald, Jason Tabert, Eithon Cadag, Gaetano Borriello, William Griswold, and Jason Hong
Our challenge to the research community is to make location-enhanced web services valuable and readily accessible to a very large number of people in daily, real world, situations. We envisage a global scale, multi-organization and interdisciplinary initiative, Place Lab, that will bootstrap the broad adoption of the location-enhanced Web. Our research collective is developing an open software base (providing low-cost private positioning technology) and fostering the formation of user and developer communities. Through individual Place Labs initially seeded on the campuses of universities, colleges, and research organizations this initiative will be a vehicle for research, instruction, collaboration and application sharing. This paper describes some of our first steps towards meeting this challenge.