Personal APIs as an Enabler for Designing and Implementing People as Social Machines

People as "relationship-aware" Social Machines

People as “relationship-aware” Social Machines

Paper accepted for publication at the proceedings of the 23rd WWW2014 Companion

The paper “Personal APIs as an Enabler for Designing and Implementing People as Social Machines”, by Vanilson Burégio, Leandro Nascimento, Nelson Rosa and Silvio Meira, has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web Companion, WWW ’14 Companion.  This work is part of the Vanilson’s PhD and is going to be presented during the “The 2nd International Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Social Machines” (socm2014), a workshop at the www2014.


In this paper, we extend the initial classification scheme for Social Machines (SM) by including Personal APIs as a new SM-related topic of research inquiry. Personal APIs basically refer to the use of Open Application Programming Interfaces(Open APIs) to programmatically access information about a person (e.g., personal basic info, health-related statistics, busy data) and/or trigger his/her human capabilities in a standardized way. Here, we provide an overview of some existing Personal APIs and show how this approach can be used to enable the design and implementation of people as individual SM on the Web. A proof-of-concept system that demonstrates these ideas is also outlined in this paper.

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