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AIC Seminar Series

End-User Application Development for the Semantic Web

Karun BakshiMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Notice:  hosted by Jack Park

Date:  2006-03-30 at 16:00

Location:  EJ228  (Directions)

   Abstract

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.

   Bio for Karun Bakshi

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 user’s 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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