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Semantic-Based Context Modeling in Tourism

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This article presents an approach to context awareness in tourism. It begins by focusing on the nature of context in the realm of tourism and providing then an adapted definition to context. This insight provides specific requirements for context modeling for the domain of tourism. Based on that, a new model for context information management based on a network of ontologies is presented. The innovation of this model is that as opposed to the existing examples it is focused on the dynamic part of context, that is, on the visitor, the personal sphere. In addition, using networks of ontologies instead of single or double level ontologies to model context increases the modularity, scalability, and interoperability of the model, thus addressing some of the major drawbacks found in the existing literature of context awareness. The reasoning process provides a mathematical model that enables to give each of the reasoning variables different weights, therefore, providing the way to a more natural reasoning process not merely based on true and false conception.
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Keywords: CONTEXT AWARENESS: ONTOLOGY; INTERNET; MOBILITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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  • Information Technology & Tourism is the first scientific journal dealing with the exciting relationship between information technology and tourism. Information and communication systems embedded in a global net have profound influence on the tourism and travel industry. Reservation systems, distributed multimedia systems, highly mobile working places, electronic markets, and the dominant position of tourism applications in the Internet are noticeable results of this development. And the tourism industry poses several challenges to the IT field and its methodologies.
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