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Smart guiding: brokering egocentric way-finding information for attracting and guiding tourists


Lueg, C and Bidwell, N, Smart guiding: brokering egocentric way-finding information for attracting and guiding tourists, Proceedings of CAUTHE 2005 Annual Conference: Sharing Tourism Knowledge, 1-5 February 2005, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. EJ ISBN 1876248971 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Using mobile, wirelessly connected electronic devices in tourism settings is an active research area in academia and industry. Electronic "information clouds" can be used to enhance the experience of how tourists explore and experience cities. It is reasonable to expect that in the near future, most tourists will carry some sort of mobile device, such as a mobile phone or a personal digital assistant (PDA), enabling them to access and browse information clouds offered in areas of interest to tourists. In this paper, we describe ongoing research into providing way-finding knowledge in such a way it can be used to attract and guide prospective customers to sites of interest. Distinct characteristics of this research are the foci on the user's own perspective and on ways to broker way-finding knowledge within the user's community of interest such that the knowledge becomes a community-authored resource. This means tourists are encouraged to share their domain knowledge and "best practices", such as descriptions of routes they found particularly pleasant. Tourists may then choose descriptions from these resources as well as from route descriptions provided by participating tourism institutions.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:mobile computing, mobile devices, wireless, navigation, guiding, tourism
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lueg, C (Professor Christopher Lueg)
ID Code:48047
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Computing
Deposited On:2007-09-27
Last Modified:2014-09-11
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