Memory is a project founded by the European Commission which addresses
the research domain if Intelligent Information Interfaces (i3).
The programme for i3 is aimed at the broad population, and seeks
to create novel interaction paradigms for interacting with information.
Memory will provide members of a selected community who live and
work in a particular locality or neighbourhood with a means to capture,
share and explore their collective memory with the aim to interpret
and preserve the richness and complexity of local culture.
Living Memory - Description
Living Memory will create
concepts to support the communication of local history, local news
and the sharing of personal experiences and memory in multiple media,
accessible via innovative, intuitive interfaces that are integrated
in people's homes or in public space.
The research proposes to use the specific content created by the
community as the driver for the creation of interfaces: in other
words, our premise is that a user interface for a 'content-based
service' should reflect the particular typologies of content which
the service contains. We refer to aspects such as the representation
of social structures and the local culture, and to characteristics
of the narrative structures and media currently applied in personal
and public content.
The analysis of the content will generate initial user interface
paradigms. We see a role for intelligent agents in the process of
marking significant events and public discourse, on the basis of,
for example, the analysis of user interest in particular content.
Over a period of time this then represents the potential creation
of 'memory' for the community.
Active involvement of community members throughout the entire research
trajectory will ensure the development of relevant and meaningful
interfaces for content creation, communication and preservation
that prove to be usable and attractive for the community members.
The community involved are people who live, work or meet in a particular
area in Edinburgh, UK.
Deliverables from the project include visionary concept renderings
aiming 5 - 10 years ahead from now, a working prototype system illustrating
the user interface to a collective memory that has been built up
during the project life by the community involved in the research,
guidelines for the creation of user interfaces for content-based
services, along with methodologies for the intelligent handling
of memory through the application of agent technology.