Context is more than location

Context is more than location.  Schmidt, Beigl, Gellerson.

These chaps break down the concept of “context” as it relates to human using mobile computing devices, into this hierarchy:

  • Human Factors
    • User (knowledge of habits, emotional state, biophysiological conditions, …)
    • Social Environment (co-location of others, social interaction, group dynamics, …)
    • Task (spontaneous activity, engaged tasks, general goals,…)
  • Physical Environment
    • Location (absolute position, relative position, co-location,…)
    • Infrastructure (surrounding resources for computation, communication, task performance…)
    • Location (noise, light, pressure,…)

This paper also includes a number of good links to other work on context.

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