Re: Semantic GNOME

On Thu, 2007-05-17 at 16:07 -0400, Joe Shaw wrote:
> Hi,
> On 5/17/07, Piotr Gaczkowski <doomhammer poczta wp pl> wrote:
> > KDE with Mandriva is working on adaptation of semantic technologies[1]
> > on desktop. Are there any similar efforts going on in the GNOME world?
> Projects like Beagle and Tracker are at the fringes of this, by
> indexing and making searchable both the text of your files and its
> metadata.

tracker is also a semantic web compatible store too so its not too far
away from nepomuk.
> The nepomuk web site is incredibly hard to understand and follow, but
> the first step to making the desktop "semantic" is simple: we have to
> build those relationships in our applications.  Evolution should
> create an association between an email attachment and the person who
> sent it to me when I choose to save it to disk.  That information
> should persist, no matter how many times I edit or copy that file.
> Now do that for every application in the platform. :)
> Saying "we need to solve the semantic desktop problem!" is entirely
> the wrong way to approach this, if for no other reason than you
> haven't actually described what the problem is.

I agree the problem is how do we prevent loss of semantic based metadata as you describe above. 

My talk on having a central metadata db like tracker/nepomouk at Guadec will offer solutions to these cases


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