The role of adaptive hypermedia in a context-aware tourist GUIDE


The GUIDE project [4, 6] has been developed to provide city visitors with up-to-date and contextaware hypermedia information while they explore the city of Lancaster in England. Visitors view this information via a handheld GUIDE unit based on the Fujitsu TeamPad 7600 tablet PC, which measures 213x153x15mm, weighs 850g, and is powered by a Pentium 166MHz processor. In GUIDE, the adaptive hypermedia presented to visitors is tailored to both environmental context (the major attractions in the city) and the visitor’s personal context. Examples of the personal context used to drive the adaptation process include the visitor’s current location, the visitor’s profile (that is, the visitor’s interests), and the set of attractions already visited. This latter piece of context enables pages of information to reflect those attractions the visitor has already seen. For example, if visitors make a return visit to Lancaster Castle, they are welcomed back. Oberlander [8] uses the term “coherence” to describe the tailoring of information in this way. A field trialbased evaluation of the GUIDE system [4] found the response of visitors to such anthropomorphic behavior [9] to be reasonably positive, with some visitors expressing that they felt “reassured” Adaptive Hypermedia Context-Aware Tourist GUIDE the role of in a

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@article{Cheverst2002TheRO, title={The role of adaptive hypermedia in a context-aware tourist GUIDE}, author={Keith Cheverst and Keith Mitchell and Nigel Davies}, journal={Commun. ACM}, year={2002}, volume={45}, pages={47-51} }