Éamonn Linehan, Shiu Lun Tsang and Siobhán Clarke, Supporting Context-Awareness: A Taxonomic Review, Trinity College Dublin, 2 October, 2008
Context-aware applications realise the vision of ubiquitous computing by utilising
information gathered from their environment to automatically adapt behaviour. To
support the development of such applications, researchers have developed infrastructures,
architectures, middlewares, and toolkits. This paper presents a taxonomy
based on a review of these support infrastructures for context-aware computing.
The taxonomy is organised as a set of categories, each of which is responsible for
classifying context-related functionality at the software component level. It provides
the nomenclature of terminology used to describe the features that characterise infrastructures
for context-aware computing. The taxonomy supports the design of
context-aware systems and provides a convenient way to compare and contrast middleware
support for context-awareness.
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