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Augmenting Contact Information with Context Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202089D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

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Abstract

When one person meets another person, it is a customary for the individuals to share contact information about one another. Conventionally, people trade business cards; numerous new applications exist for devices such as the Apple iPhone which allow for the individuals to swap contact information using e-cards. A limitation for these methods is that contact information swapping does not pull in information which can help an individual remember the context in which he or she met a given individual. This contextual information, such as time of day and location, is often useful to jog ones memory about who a given contact is.

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Augmenting Contact Information with Context Information

When one person meets another person, it is customary for the individuals to share contact information about one another. Conventionally, people trade business cards; numerous new applications exist for devices such as the Apple iPhone® which allow for the individuals to swap contact information using e-cards. A limitation for these methods is that contact information swapping does not pull in information which can help an individual remember the context in which he or she met a given individual. This contextual information, such as time of day and location, is often useful to jog ones memory about who a given contact is.

The technology disclosed here augments the swapping of contact information with contextual information about when and where the contact information was gathered.

As contact information is swapped between individuals, the data entry which describes the contact will be augmented with contextual information gathered from the time when the contact information was gathered. Namely, the contact information of the person being met will be augmented with location information about where the contact was established. For example, the contact information for John Andrews may be augmented with information such as 'Met at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY' as determined by the phone from GPS data when the contact information was established. Users can also append a personal message or notes to the contact information.

Additionally, the contact information can be augmented with event data pulled from one's calendar. For example, if one is attending the IBM® Information on Demand Conference when a contact is created, the contact entry can be augmented with data such as 'Met at IBM Information on Demand'. The user can be asked if they want to add the current event they are attending as a field in the contact's 'where we met' entry. Further, the date of when the contact was established can be added to the contact information as well. In some cases, if an individual has not explicitly added an event he or she is attending to their calendar, the proposed system might search the internet to suggest events the user might be attending for association with the contact information creation. For example,...