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Sensors 2013, 13(5), 6032-6053; doi:10.3390/s130506032

A Methodology and a Web Platform for the Collaborative Development of Context-Aware Systems

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1 Centre for Cooperative Research in Tourism, CICtourGUNE, Mikeletegi Pasalekua 71, Donostia-San Sebastián 20009, Spain 2 Faculty of Engineering, University of Deusto, Avda. De las Universidades 24, Bilbao 48007, Spain 3 Department of Statistics, University of Oviedo, Avda. Luis Moya 261, Gijón 33003, Spain
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Received: 21 March 2013 / Revised: 24 April 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
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Information and services personalization is essential for an optimal user experience. Systems have to be able to acquire data about the user’s context, process them in order to identify the user’s situation and finally, adapt the functionality of the system to that situation, but the development of context-aware systems is complex. Data coming from distributed and heterogeneous sources have to be acquired, processed and managed. Several programming frameworks have been proposed in order to simplify the development of context-aware systems. These frameworks offer high-level application programming interfaces for programmers that complicate the involvement of domain experts in the development life-cycle. The participation of users that do not have programming skills but are experts in the application domain can speed up and improve the development process of these kinds of systems. Apart from that, there is a lack of methodologies to guide the development process. This article presents as main contributions, the implementation and evaluation of a web platform and a methodology to collaboratively develop context-aware systems by programmers and domain experts.
Keywords: context-aware; toolkit; domain expert; development methodology context-aware; toolkit; domain expert; development methodology
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Martín, D.; López-de-Ipiña, D.; Alzua-Sorzabal, A.; Lamsfus, C.; Torres-Manzanera, E. A Methodology and a Web Platform for the Collaborative Development of Context-Aware Systems. Sensors 2013, 13, 6032-6053.

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