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Developing Context-Aware Electronic Tourist Guide: Some Issues and Experiences

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper


Publication date04/2000
Number of pages8
<mark>Original language</mark>English


ConferenceSIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2000)
CityThe Hague, The Netherlands


In this paper, we describe our experiences of developing and evaluating GUIDE, an intelligent electronic tourist guide. The GUIDE system has been built to overcome many of the limitations of the traditional information and navigation tools available to city visitors. For example, group-based tours are inherently inflexible with fixed starting times and fixed durations and (like most guidebooks) are constrained by the need to satisfy the interests of the majority rather than the specific interests of individuals. Following a period of requirements capture, involving experts in the field of tourism, we developed and installed a system for use by visitors to Lancaster. The system combines mobile computing technologies with a wireless infrastructure to present city visitors with information tailored to both their personal and environmental contexts. In this paper we present an evaluation of GUIDE, focusing on the quality of the visitor's experience when using the system.