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Gretzel U.,University of Queensland | Werthner H.,Vienna University of Technology | Koo C.,Kyung Hee University | Lamsfus C.,Cooperative Research Center in Tourism
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2015

Abstract Using digital ecosystems and smart business networks as conceptual building blocks, this paper defines, describes and illustrates the idea of a smart tourism ecosystem (STE). It further draws on conceptualizations of smart technologies, smart cities and smart tourism to envision new ways in which value is created, exchanged and consumed in the STE. Technologies essential to the functioning of an STE are described and it is argued that data emerging from these technologies are the driver for new business models, interaction paradigms and even new species. Critical questions regarding the need for regulatory intervention and innovative research are raised. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Salvador Z.,Cooperative Research Center in Tourism | Alzua A.,Cooperative Research Center in Tourism | Larrea M.,University of the Basque Country | Lafuente A.,University of the Basque Country
Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems, DEBS 2010 | Year: 2010

Mobile XSiena is a novel publish/subscribe platform which seeks to extend the XSiena content-based publish/subscribe system in order to support user mobility and create an experimental framework to study the relationship between such mobility and pervasive information dissemination flows. © 2010 ACM. Source


Martin D.,Cooperative Research Center in Tourism | Lamsfus C.,Cooperative Research Center in Tourism | Alzua A.,Cooperative Research Center in Tourism
Proceedings of the 2011 5th FTRA International Conference on Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering, MUE 2011 | Year: 2011

Mobile devices have become a new way to access information and consume services on the Internet everywhere. This mobile environment is quite different from a desktop one (e.g. the screen is smaller, lower computing power, the user is usually on route while consuming services), so the requested information has to be customized in order to increase the satisfaction of the users and fulfil their needs on the move. This process can be performed gathering context information about the user, stored in the mobile device or offered by embedded sensors (e.g. GPS). This paper presents a mobile framework that provides the needed functionalities in order to acquire, unify, model and manage context data coming from mobile devices. The validation of the framework by means of an implementation of a real use case scenario is also discussed. © 2011 IEEE. Source


Bujan D.,University of Deusto | Martin D.,Cooperative Research Center in Tourism | Torices O.,Cooperative Research Center in Tourism | Lopez-de-Ipina D.,University of Deusto | And 3 more authors.
Sensors (Switzerland) | Year: 2013

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. © 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Source

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