span> resource
possession, level of power, demography, etc.)
Culture (Language [oral, gestural, symbolic], Life Style [custom in dressing, feeding, entertainment, etc.],
Norms [e.g. rules about obligations, authorizations, prohibitions, social hierarchy/organization (e.g.
relationships between men and women), etc.], Beliefs [religions, taboos, etc.], etc.)
Social Resources (Type [goods/services (e.g. Food, water, education, health, employment, etc.)], availability,
accessibility, management entity, etc.)
Social context
Power (Power type [Political, Economical, religious/ideological, cultural, etc.], power system [Anarchy,
Theocracy, Monarchy, Democracy, etc.], Institutions, Laws/rules/procedures about business, etc.)
Atmospheric phenomena (Climate[seasons and their global characteristics such as average precipitation,
temperature, humidity, etc.], Weather [day-to-day, and even hour-to-hour detailed atmospheric measures such
as temperature, rain, sunshine, cloud cover, winds, heat waves, blizzards, fog, frost, flooding, light, pressure,
etc.])
Surrounding ambiance (Indoor ambiance, Outdoor ambiance, strike ambiance, disturbing ambiance [noise,
traffic jam, etc.], appropriate ambiance [calmness, privateness, etc.], joy ambiance [e.g. The company index
gained 10 points], deception ambience, etc.)
Environmental
context
Available services (Service type[transportation, healthcare, banking, car renting, hotels, etc.], service
localization, service availability time, service cost, etc.)
Location (Location Type [Country, State/Province, City, District, Place, etc.], Location Name, Location
address, Location Geometries (in 1D, 2D or 3D), Location POIs (Points of Interests), etc.)
Natural Geography Objects (Land Object [Mountain, Valley, Plain, etc.], Vegetation Object [prairie, forest,
Savannah, etc.], Water Object [Watercourse, sea, ocean, etc.], Soil Object [Sand, Clay, etc.], Subsoil Object
[Gold, Oil, etc.], etc.)
Ambient and
surrounding
contexts
Spatial context
Human Geography Objects (Housing infrastructures [buildings, houses, offices, etc.], Transportation
infrastructures [Means (car, train, plane), Routes (roads, rails, airports, etc.)], Technological infrastructures
[refers to technological context], etc.)
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A raise of the importance of location-based contextu-
alization of contextual information to better handle
influences and information sharing between local and
remote contexts;
An organization of mobile GeoBI context into hier-
archical context levels (personal, ambient and sur-
rounding contexts) in accordance with human hierar-
chical perception of space;
An inventory of detailed relevant contextual informa-
tion for a mobile GeoBI context;
etc.
The mobile GeoBI context model we have proposed in
this paper is a generic one and has been intentionally
limited to top-level concepts and basic challenges to ease
its comprehension and show its capacity to support mo-
bility as well as BI aspects while respecting an accept-
able page limitation of this paper.
Ongoing work deals with the extension of this generic
and top-level model with 1) detailed and somehow pre-
cise contextual information, context-aware applications
should be aware of, and with 2) contextual metrics that
will be introduced and integrated to boost its capacity
to support contextual business analysis. The extension
will then provide a more complete and fully BI-oriented
model for implementation perspective. For context-
reasoning purpose, the extension will be made using on-
tology-based formalism.
Further work will later deal with the implementation
of the model and the challenge of coupling this complete
context model with BI data structures and models (data
warehouses, data cubes, etc.) in order to provide the
users with appropriate contextual analytics on which they
can base their decision process and take fully informed
decisions.
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