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A calendar based internet content pre-caching agent for small computing devices

Komninos, Andreas and Dunlop, Mark D. (2008) A calendar based internet content pre-caching agent for small computing devices. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 12 (7). pp. 495-512. ISSN 1617-4909

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We described in earlier publications the principles of a system where Internet content would be pre-cached, based on contextual information obtained from a user's electronic calendar. The model for such a system envisioned a set of cooperating agents, distributed on a user's desktop and mobile device, which would be responsible for making decisions on the context and preferences of the user, and downloading the relevant internet content through a land-based broadband connection and storing it on the mobile device. This paper presents and discusses established pre-caching techniques and their suitability for use on mobile information access scenarios. It proceeds in describing the implementation details of an alternative approach, a calendar-based pre-caching system and presents the findings of tests that were made with human subjects on such a system.