[RFC] Metadata access and storage

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Tue Sep 6 01:38:42 PDT 2011

On Tuesday, September 6, 2011 00:44:42 Anders Feder wrote:
> How would /you/ solve this problem?

by doing what the Nepomuk, Tracker, Strigi and Zeitgeist teams have been 
doing: continue to standardize on storage and increase interoperability 
between the various semantic projects.

we don't need yet another semantic desktop project: they are huge, difficult 
beasts to get right and we already have a few very good tools which are, 
indeed, being used by many software packages.

we also don't need yet another query language: there is a standardized one in 
the form of SPARQL (www.w3.org/TR/rdf-sparql-query)

you mentioned problems in Evolution, Nautilus, Empathy and Thunderbird and i'm 
sure they exist as you noted. however, the issue is not the lack of 
availability of semantic desktop storage, access or interfaces to the engines 
that drive those parts, but the usage of them by applications such as the ones 
you used as examples.

Zeitgeist's Journal, Akonadi, Dolphin, Plasma, Digikam, Gwenview and so many 
more have taken advantage of what exists and anjoy interoperable semantic data 
usage (storage, retrieval, display) today.

my suggestion is that instead of creating more diversity in solutions, leading 
to less interoperability and dividing efforts into smaller (likely to be less 
sustainable individually) solutions that efforts go into improving the 
foundations of what is already there.

Aaron J. Seigo
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