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Towards a middleware for generalised context management

Glassey, R. and Stevenson, G. and Richmond, M. and Nixon, P. and Terzis, S. and Wang, F. and Ferguson, R.I. (2003) Towards a middleware for generalised context management. In: First International Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive and Ad Hoc Computing, Middleware 2003, 2003-06-17.

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It is widely accepted in the Pervasive Computing community that contextual interactions are the key to the delivery of truly calm technology. However, there is currently no easy way to incorporate contextual data into an application. If contextual data is used, it is generally in an ad hoc manner, which means that developers have to spend time on low-level details. There have been many projects investigating this area, however as yet none of them provide support for all of the key issues of dynamic composition and flexible representation of contextual information as well as the problems of scalability and adaptability to environmental changes. In this paper we present the Strathclyde Context Infrastructure (SCI), a middleware infrastructure for discovery, aggregation, and delivery of context information.