Meta-context: Putting Context-Awareness into Context

  • Ramón Hervás
  • Jesús Fontecha
  • Vladimir Villarreal
  • Jose Bravo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6882)


Context-awareness advances have evidenced novel challenges related to context management and context-awareness usability. Most of these problems can be supported through general context attributes, i.e. properties that describe issues of the context itself, what we call meta-context. We can identify similar attributes in a variety of proposals to enhance context-aware systems. However, these attributes are usually managed internally. A common and formal model that describes the significant context attributes, their relationships and semantic axioms helps to separate the meta-context from the context model. Moreover, we propose a specific Semantic-Web-based architecture to manage the meta-context at run-time and offers related functionalities to external context-aware applications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramón Hervás
    • 1
  • Jesús Fontecha
    • 1
  • Vladimir Villarreal
    • 2
  • Jose Bravo
    • 1
  1. 1.Castilla – La Mancha UniversityCiudad RealSpain
  2. 2.Technological University of PanamaLassonde, David, ChiriquíRepublic of Panama

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