Last month I talked to John Breslin about how web applications may become semantically integrated with your desktop applications. In other words, the ‘semantic web’ isn’t just about improving search, it is also about allowing all the systems you use to interoperate with each other. For example, imagine browsing your RSS feeds and a name of a post author is highlighted on your screen. Your desktop computer then makes connections between that person and your contacts file and your friends in social networking sites.
John and I could have been talking about Nepomuk – the social semantic desktop, which was reviewed by physorg.com this week. This EU-funded project aims to apply the kind of semantic solutions being deployed on the web to your desktop allowing your desktop to more easily process the information it has across different platforms, media types and applications.
The practical result could be that you will be able to access information on your desktop using semantic technology in the same way that you will be able to make connections semantically online.
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