UrbanWeb: a Platform for Mobile, Context-aware Web Services

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    Faster Internet connections on the mobile Internet and new advanced mobile terminals make it possible to use Web 2.0 applications and service beyond the desktop wherever and whenever you want. However, even though some service may scale in their current form to the mobile Internet, others will very much benefit from being informed about the user’s context and tailored to the user’s location or the activities the user is engaged in. In this article we focus on the definition of context and context-awareness for mobile Web 2.0 services and we present a framework, UrbanWeb, which has been designed to support these kinds of services. UrbanWeb implements context as an extension to the notion of Web 2.0 tagging and provides developers with an easy to use platform for context-aware Web services for different kind of applications. The article also discusses how to acquire different cues about the user’s context from sensors in today mobile phones, ranging from GPS data, to 2D visual barcodes, and manual entry of context information and how to utilize this information in Web applications. Finally a number of applications built with the framework are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMobile Web 2.0: Developing and Delivering Services to Mobile Devices
    EditorsSyed Ahson, Mohammad Ilyas
    Number of pages25
    PublisherCRC Press/Taylor
    Publication date2011
    ISBN (Print)9781439800829
    ISBN (Electronic)1439800820
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • mobile computing
    • context-awareness
    • location-based-services
    • interaction


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