Game Development Reference
Figure 2. The proposed Social Networking Service
Dynamically integrate education experts'
(both from general and special education)
Provide a roadmap for creating social
networking services to support service
Exploit the wisdom of the crowds ('crowd-
sourcing') in providing better services for
professional users, while at the same time
promoting open innovation and enhance-
ments for service providers.
On the latter, we have reported extensively in
(Karagiannidis et al, 2007) and (Karagiannidis et
al, 2008). Versatility is a central attribute of the
Framework, enabling the consumption of services
which should address needs in a complex and
highly distributed networked environment which
can be seamlessly integrated with the current web.
The objective for this Framework is to be a
major driver for large scale exploitation, enabling
users to create, share and configure services easily
which address their and others' needs, whether for
entertainment, information, business or any other
area, if possible, on a national scale covering the
entire territory of Greece.
More specifically, our idea is to define a Frame-
work for service provision based on educators'
needs. This requires a well defined concept of
service which we currently define as: “service is
any item or action an education expert can offer
which could meet the needs of that or another
education expert either from the field of general
education or from the field of special education”.
The Framework is need-driven from the user as-
pect in order to provide 'made-to-fit' personalized
services - rather than non- customised 'one-size
fits all' solutions.
The concept of the Framework is depicted
in Figure 2, which shows that a person with a
particular need can use a solution from a network
of people and services. The evolution, expansion
and healthy functioning of this network depend on
the ability of individual experts or organizations,
such as the local or regional Offices of General
or Special Education, to add their services to the
network. The functions are complemented by
feedback and rating of the utilized services (ulti-
mately promoting open innovation and enhancing
service quality), as illustrated in figure 2.
The Framework enables the implementation
of social networking services which support both
networking for their users (as does Facebook) and
provide services by individuals or organizations.
These services can also be networked and mashed-
up. Mashing-up services, i.e. combining data or
functionality from two or more external sources
to create a new service, in a social network fash-
ion, can facilitate the selection and composition
of services to address complex social and educa-
People are multidimensional and multifaceted
and defining the range of these complex aspects
would be necessary in order to enable to locate
and use the appropriate service. Personal profiles
and service tagging vary from short and simple
to complex and detailed.
We are specifically interested in the provision
of a formalized structure for supporting service dis-
covery, selection and composition (mashing-up),