I've been a very infrequent blogger lately - I've been spending every free moment coding - getting ready for the Sun Labs open house - our annual labs event where we highlight the work we've done in the last year.  This week, Steve, Jeff and I get to show what we've been working on for the last 6 months or so - Project Aura.

 Project Aura is a web-scale, open, hybrid recommendation system that uses social data (the wisdom of the crowds) combined with the 'aura' of information extracted directly from content or mined from the web to make recommendations.  By combining content-based methods with social methods Project Aura can avoid much of the 'cold start' problems that plague traditional collaborative filtering recommenders, while providing a way to offer explainable recommendations. 

 Project Aura is built on top of Project Caroline - a platform for development and delivery of dynamically scalable Internet-based services.

Here's a photo of our demo setup ... you can see a bit of our visualization of the recommender, and a poster showing our distributed datastore (and steve too!)



Hello Paul,

When is the open house? Is it open to the public? We might be interested in attending.

Posted by Michael Vietri on April 11, 2008 at 11:01 AM EDT #

Congratulations. It's very cool to see innovative approaches built with web scale in mind from the outset.

Posted by Mike Mull on April 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM EDT #

Is there a way I can get access to Project aura.

Code , Documents , SaaS(caroline)

Posted by Niraj J on April 25, 2008 at 05:32 PM EDT #

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