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Sensors 2013, 13(7), 8060-8078;

Context Management Platform for Tourism Applications

Deusto Institute of Technology, DeustoTech, University of Deusto, Avda. Universidades 24, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
Cooperative Research Centre in Tourism, CICtourGUNE, Mikeletegi Pasealekua 71, Donostia-San Sebastián 20009, Spain
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Received: 3 May 2013 / Revised: 14 June 2013 / Accepted: 17 June 2013 / Published: 24 June 2013
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The notion of context has been widely studied and there are several authors that have proposed different definitions of context. However, context has not been widely studied in the framework of human mobility and the notion of context has been imported directly from other computing fields without specifically addressing the tourism domain requirements. In order to store and manage context information a context data model and a context management platform are needed. Ontologies have been widely used in context modelling, but many of them are designed to be applied in general ubiquitous computing environments, do not contain specific concepts related to the tourism domain or some approaches do not contain enough concepts to represent context information related to the visitor on the move. That is why we propose a new approach to provide a better solution to model context data in tourism environments, adding more value to our solution reusing data about tourist resources from an Open Data repository and publishing it as Linked Data. We also propose the architecture for a context information management platform based on this context data model. View Full-Text
Keywords: context modelling; knowledge representation and management; ontologies; Open Data; Linked Data; tourism context modelling; knowledge representation and management; ontologies; Open Data; Linked Data; tourism

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Buján, D.; Martín, D.; Torices, O.; López-de-Ipiña, D.; Lamsfus, C.; Abaitua, J.; Alzua-Sorzabal, A. Context Management Platform for Tourism Applications. Sensors 2013, 13, 8060-8078.

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