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Opening up Context-aware Services Compositions to End-Users

The interconnected world in which we live opens many possibilities to create, consume, and share knowledge and services. Even though end-users are more than ever prepared in terms of technology (e.g., by using smartphones), their specific context (i.e., personal interests, geographical location, etc.) is not yet properly considered in existing solutions to explore these possibilites. Therefore, we need to provide end-users with tools that allow them to create, consume, and share added value services by using the proper knowledge and services according to their context. In this sense this paper discusses how existing solutions could be integrated to achieve this goal. In particular we explore the possibility of extending EUCalipTool, an end-user mobile tool for service compositions, with the context-aware notification capabilities offered by nimBees.

IoT Compositions by and for the Crowd

JCIS_2015_submission_10The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a new eco-system of heterogeneous and distributed services that is available anytime and anywhere and that can be potentially accessed by any properly connected device. However, these available services are usually consumed in isolation, missing the potential that their combined usage can bring as new added-value services. In addition, the massive end-user adoption and usage of smartphones together with their powerful capabilities turn this type of devices into a promising platform to develop and execute these added-value services compositions. Moreover, end-users are nowadays getting more and more familiar with technology, fact that allows them to participate more actively in the development of new types of applications. However, this will not happen until we provide end-users with more powerful and easy-to-use tools. To this end, this paper presents an architectural solution to allow end-users building IoT services compositions by just focusing on domain-logic issues.