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Computers Helping People with Special Needs

Volume 8548 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 275-282

A Unified Semantic Framework for Detailed Description of Assistive Technologies Based on the EASTIN Taxonomy

  • Nikolaos KaklanisAffiliated withInformation Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
  • , Konstantinos VotisAffiliated withInformation Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
  • , Konstantinos GiannoutakisAffiliated withInformation Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
  • , Dimitrios TzovarasAffiliated withInformation Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
  • , Valerio GowerAffiliated withFondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus, CITT
  • , Renzo AndrichAffiliated withFondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus, CITT

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Abstract

This paper presents a unified semantic framework that can used by vendors/service providers that would like to semantically describe their assistive technologies according to the categorization proposed by the ISO 9999 standard as well as the EASTIN taxonomy. The framework is based on an approach towards a unified semantic description of assistive technologies by combining information coming from different sources. The wealth of information of the EASTIN network, the biggest and most comprehensive information service on assistive technology serving older and disabled people, is currently exploited by the proposed framework in a unified way. The proposed framework offers an easy mechanism for including a new assistive technology in the whole Cloud4all/GPII infrastructure.

Keywords

Semantic Alignment Ontology Assistive Technologies Application Classification