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NEPOMUK-KDE introduces semantic capabilities to the upcoming release of the K Desktop Environment (KDE 4), providing an interoperable framework that can be harnessed by all KDE applications to allow annotating and interlinking any and all desktop objects.
Over new year, I've been playing around with Strigi and Nepomuk, which are the two technologies around desktop search and "making sense of your data". Strigi is the underlying library that is used to analyze all sorts of files and index those results. Nepomuk provides a semantic layer on top of this information, and a nice KDE API for easy integration in applications.
You have probably heard of Nepomuk, the semantic desktop technology we've been shipping for a while as part of the KDE Platform. However, so far, you may not have noticed it really doing very much useful for you. So what is this thing called Nepomuk, what can it do for us now and what will it bring us in the future?
My last article I spoke about the new KDE Activities features Search and Launch Containment Activity. This is the first visible sign of KDE’s use of the Nepomuk Semantic Desktop. Nepomuk is a system that uses metadata throughout the desktop to aid in file search and peer to peer collaboration. So far the project has yet to reach its full potential.
Thanks to the open source NEPOMUK (Networked Environment for Personalized, Ontology-based Management of Unified Knowledge) effort, the Semantic Desktop isn't a dream; it's an emerging reality and will be here with the upcoming release of KDE 4 for the Linux desktop.
Mandriva Linux 2010 RC1 has been out for a few days. It includes many new end-user features for innovative metadata management on the desktop. This is a walkthrough of these semantic desktop features that bring task oriented desktop to Linux. The new semantic features are based on innovative Nepomuk, Scribo and KDE technologies.
"...In all this Semantic Web news, though, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The benefit of the Semantic Web is that data may be re-used in ways unexpected by the original publisher. That is the value added.
"Today, the World Wide Web Consortium completed an important link between Semantic Web and microformats communities. With "Gleaning Resource Descriptions from Dialects of Languages", or GRDDL (pronounced "griddle"), software can automatically extract information from structured Web pages to make it part of the Semantic Web.