AIC Seminar Series
End-User Application Development for the Semantic Web
|Karun Bakshi||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
Notice: hosted by Jack Park
Date: Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 4:00pm
Location: EJ228 (Directions)
Although a lot of information has become readily accessible and necessary for
daily work, the current infrastructure for managing information is ill-suited
for information-oriented activities: information and functionality is scattered
across applications and websites, making it difficult to aggregate and reuse
just the right set of content and operations required for unique user tasks. In
this paper we discuss a collection of tools built into the Haystack information
management platform that address many of the shortcomings of current
applications, and allow composing reusable fragments of information from the
Semantic Web and the operations that manipulate them into a task workspace
tailored to the user and the task. Users can change the workspace to
immediately meet changing requirements to easily include, remove or reuse
information in multiple tasks simultaneously. The time that a user invests for
the initial setup and occasional updates to the workspace is amortized over the
numerous times he or she returns to the task, and all relevant information
resources are co-located and ready to use.
Karun Bakshi is a Ph.D. candidate at the Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), at MIT. He is currently on leave from his
program, and is working at Oracle as a product manager for the Oracle Database
Lite product for mobile users and embedded devices.
His current interests include developing techniques for personal information
management that enable users to create task specific, ad hoc workspaces. He is
currently ruminating on the best way to make this available to users soon, and
envisions a network store that captures all of a users digital content and
makes it available via a semantic web services framework that enable
application developers to build novel applications accessible via a PIM client
framework. Karun would welcome feedback and discussion on related topics
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