Archive for Semantic Desktop

RDF123 maps spreadsheet data to RDF

RDF123 maps spreadsheet data to RDF

This tool maps spreadsheets to RDF. Sounds cool.

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NEPOMUK – The Social Semantic Desktop

NEPOMUK – The Social Semantic Desktop
NEPOMUK intends to realize and deploy a comprehensive solution – methods, data structures, and a set of tools – for extending the personal computer into a collaborative environment, which improves the state of art in online collaboration and personal data management and augments the intellect of people by providing and organizing information created by single or group efforts.

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Microsoft Live Clipboard – “Wiring the Web”

Microsoft Live Clipboard – “Wiring the Web”

Hmmm.. this is Microsoft’s Semantic Clipboard.

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Harvesting Desktop Data for Semantic Blogging

A typical computer user’s desktop contains large amount of for- mal data, such as addresses, events or bibliopraphies. Especially within a corporate or organizational environment, it is often important to exchange this data between employees. However, state-of-the-art communication tech- nologies such as email or bulletin boards don’t allow to easily integrate desk- top data in the communication process, with the effect that the data remains locked within a user’s computer. In this paper, we propose that the recent phenomenon of blogging, combined with a tool to easily generate Semantic Web (SW) data from existing formal desktop data, can result in a form of semantic blogging which would help to overcome the aforementioned prob- lem. We discuss a number of preconditions which must be met in order to allow semantic blogging and encourage users to author a semantic blog, and we present a prototype of the semiBlog editor, which was created with the purpose of user-friendly semantic blogging in mind. We argue that such a semantic blog editor should integrate tightly with a user’s desktop environ- ment, as this would make integration of existing data into the blog as easy as possible.

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IRIS: Integrate. Relate. Infer. Share.

In this paper we introduce a new semantic desktop system called IRIS, an application framework for enabling users to create a “personal map” across their office-related information objects. Built as part of the CALO Cognitive Assistant project, IRIS represents a step in our quest to construct the kinds of tools that will significantly augment the user’s ability to perform knowledge work. This paper explains our design decisions, progress, and shortcomings. The IRIS project has grown from the past work of others and offers opportunities to augment and otherwise collaborate with other current and future semantic desktop projects. This paper marks our entry into the ongoing conversation about semantic desktops, intelligent knowledge management, and systems for augmenting the performance of human teams.

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semiBlog is software to make semantic blogging easy. Just link your blog post to stuff on your desktop. You want to blog about …

  • … this interesting guy you met? – Just link to his address book entry!
  • … this exciting conference you are attending? – Just link to your electronic calendar (e.g. iCal)!
  • … this groundbreaking paper you read? – Just link to your bibliographic database (e.g. BibDesk)!

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Semantic Desktop

The Semantic Web holds promises for information organization and selective access, providing standards means for formulating and distributing metadata and Ontologies.

Still, we miss a wide use of Semantic Web technologies on personal computers. The use of ontologies, metadata annotations, and semantic web protocols on desktop computers will allow the integration of desktop applications and the web, enabling a much more focused and integrated personal information management as well as focused information distribution and collaboration on the Web beyond sending emails. The vision of the Semantic Desktop for personal information management and collaboration has been around for a long time: visionaries like Vanevar Bush and Doug Engelbart have formulated and partially realized these ideas. However, for the largest part their ideas remained a vision for far too long since the foundational technologies necessary to render their ideas into reality were not yet invented ? these ideas were proposing jet planes, where the rest of the world had just invented the parts to build a bicycle. However, recently the computer science community has developed the means to make this vision a reality:

  • The Semantic Web effort ( provides standards and technologies for the definition and exchange of metadata and ontologies.
  • Open-source software (like OpenOffice) and the especially the Linux operating system make it possible to reuse and build on top of existing sophisticated systems and create an open personal information management system and collaborative infrastructure based on Semantic Web build into the operating system of current machines.
  • Collaboration, acquisition and dissemination infrastructures like Wikis and Blogs are providing the foundation for joint collaborative knowledge creation and are essentially simplified knowledge acquisition tools.
  • Social Software maps the social connections between different people into the technical infrastructure. Online Social Networking enables collaboration relationships as first class citizens, and allows exploiting these relationships for automated information distribution and classification.
  • P2P and Grid computing, especially in combination with the Semantic Web field, develops technology to interconnect large communities without centralized infrastructures for data and computation sharing, which is necessary to build heterogeneous, multi-organizational collaboration networks.

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