Semantic Web in Ubiquitous Mobile Communications

Semantic Web in Ubiquitous Mobile Communications

Anna V. Zhdanova (The Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, Austria), Ning Li (University of Surrey, UK) and Klaus Moessner (University of Surrey, UK)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-028-8.ch011
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Abstract

The world becomes ubiquitous, and mobile communication platforms become oriented towards integration with the web, getting benefits from the large amount of information available there, and creation of the new types of value-added services. Semantic and ontology technologies are seen as being able to advance the seamless integration of the mobile and the Web worlds. We provide background information on the Semantic Web field, discuss other research fields that bring semantics into play for reaching the ontology-enabled ubiquitous mobile communication vision, and exemplify the state of the art of ontology development and use in telecommunication projects.
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Why Sematics In Ubiquitous Mobile Communications?

In this section we motivate why combination of Semantic Web technology with ubiquitous mobile communications is beneficial. Semantic technologies in mobile communication have been somewhat considered to the less extent comparing to other fields, such as semantics in e-sciences, e-government, e-enterprise, e-communities, etc. However, as the mobile world starts to integrate with the Web world in delivering new value-added services, the area of semantics ubiquitous mobile communication inevitably gains a larger importance and potential.

Ubiquitous computing, also referred to as pervasive computing, is the seamless integration of devices into the users every day life. Applications should vanish into the background to make the user and his tasks the central focus rather than computing devices and technical issues (Weiser, 1991). When applying to mobile communication scenarios, ubiquitous computing can be viewed as when user moves around and changes circumstances, he can always be connected and well served without being aware of the technical issues under the scene. To achieve the goal, information from all the involving participants, such as user, network, service provider etc., needs to be collected, shared and interoperable with each other, known by one or more operational agents but agnostic to the user. Such information is diverse in their language, format and lack of semantic meaning for autonomous processing by computer or operational agent. The Semantic Web can be a rescue with its vision to achieve global information sharing and integration.

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