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m: Ciudad: enabling end-user mobile service creation

Davies, M, Carrez, FD, Heinilä, J, Fensel, A, Narganes, M and dos Santos Danado, JC (2011) m: Ciudad: enabling end-user mobile service creation International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, 7 (4). pp. 384-414.

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Purpose – Mobile computing enables end-users to create small services on their mobiles and share valuable and context-aware information with others. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a platform for end-user generated mobile services – so-called microservices. Design/methodology/approach – As a key component the authors present a microservice description language for user-driven mobile service creation and platform-independent service execution and rendering. The paper also gives insight into the authors' visual authoring tool. The chosen design approach is evaluated in two phases: an intermediate evaluation with a small hands-on trial and an online survey; and a final laboratory test with 24 test users in total. Findings – The paper provides empirical insights about the methods and motivations of end-users creating small mobile services. The main purposes of service creation would be mostly to exchange information, stay in contact, and just for fun (on the basis of non-commercial use). The evaluations also indicate the visual drag and drop approach of putting service blocks together as being the most favored in terms of user satisfaction. Originality/value – The concepts and findings introduced in this paper will help in designing mobile service authoring environments, which is appealing to software communities/vendors and mobile network operators. The presented platform is, to the authors' knowledge, the first designed and implemented infrastructure enabling end-user mobile service creation.

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Date : 2011
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Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:20
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