Development of a Mobile Tourist Information System for People with Functional Limitations: User Behaviour Concept and Specification of Content Requirements

  • Sascha M. Sommer
  • Marion Wiethoff
  • Sari Valjakka
  • Dionisis Kehagias
  • Dimitrios Tzovaras
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4061)


The paper describes the specification of content requirements for a new mobile tourist information service for people with functional limitations. The theoretical background for the specification of content requirements is based on action and activity theory. The framework enables the division of complex activities into smaller functional units in order to analyse the information needs of user groups with different types of functional limitations. The approach provides results in the form of information elements and attributes which can be easily translated into a machine-readable language.


Functional Limitation User Group Information Element Ambient Intelligence Wheelchair User 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sascha M. Sommer
    • 1
  • Marion Wiethoff
    • 2
  • Sari Valjakka
    • 3
  • Dionisis Kehagias
    • 4
  • Dimitrios Tzovaras
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Occupational Physiology at the University of DortmundGermany
  2. 2.Technical University of DelftNetherlands
  3. 3.Research and Development Centre for Welfare and HealthFinland
  4. 4.Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Informatics and Telematics InstituteGreece

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