Specification of Information Needs for the Development of a Mobile Communication Platform to Support Mobility of People with Functional Limitations

  • Marion Wiethoff
  • Sascha M. Sommer
  • Sari Valjakka
  • Karel Van Isacker
  • Dionisis Kehagias
  • Evangelos Bekiaris
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4555)


Opportunities for people with functional limitations are increasing. ICT provides a number of possibilities to receive care, to travel, to work, to educate oneself, to inform oneself and to meet other people. In this paper, the methodology for defining user requirements for supporting people with functional limitations through ICT (the ASK-It Concept) is presented. The methodology covers various domains. A case example as an illustration of the process is used: a communication platform to support social relations and communities. The methodology is built upon the definition of user groups, the elaboration and implementation of relevant action and activity theory principles, and is successively developed with the content modelling procedure, in order to provide a formal description of user information needs in a computer understandable and interoperable format.


Virtual communities Content requirements Action theory Activity Theory Functional limitations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marion Wiethoff
    • 1
  • Sascha M. Sommer
    • 2
  • Sari Valjakka
    • 3
  • Karel Van Isacker
    • 4
  • Dionisis Kehagias
    • 5
  • Evangelos Bekiaris
    • 6
  1. 1.Delft University of Technology, Faculty TPM, Transport Policy and Logistics organisation, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft 
  2. 2.Johanniter-Hospital Radevormwald, NeuropsychologyGermany
  3. 3.National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and HealthFinland
  4. 4.Information Society Open To ImpairmentS, AthensGreece
  5. 5.Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Informatics and Telematics InstituteGreece
  6. 6.Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Hellenic Institute for TransportGreece

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