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The Next Big Thing: Adaptive Web-Based Systems (27 May 2004)
Adaptive Web-based systems are ready to make the jump from single applications to modular distributed frameworks in which multiple applications can share user models and adaptation rules. The challenge for the future is to get research groups to work together to develop standards for exchanging information at the user model and adaptation model level, so that different systems can indeed start to share user modeling and adaptation information. While new technology is being developed we also need clarity in the legal issues involved in sharing user modeling information. We are opposed to a "big brother" style of user modeling, but we are hopeful that with voluntary user consent some sharing will be allowed under controlled circumstances. With many applications of adaptive Web-based systems, with small clusters of collaborating, distributed, modular systems, the idea of adaptive systems can still become a "next big thing".
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