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RDF hits the Desktop

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 12:15:38 -0400
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The topic seems a bit distant than the usual ones on public evangelist.  
But not so far if we consider the W3C Technologies as a hub which are  
working together.

The importance of metadata is more and more important and desktop  
computers with their filesystem seems to adopt more and more a graph  
model for it.  A good article of Ed Dumbill about the benefits of RDF  
for the desktop.


My premise then is that more metadata is required to create a usable  
desktop for users and manage the increasing volume of information  
stored in our homes. That's a conclusion other people are agreeing  
with, too. Microsoft's next-generation operating systems will  
ultimately include WinFS, a file system supporting the attachment of  
arbitrary metadata to files. Mac OS X is acquiring similar  
functionality. ReiserFS has been trying to do it for ages. Closer to  
GNOME, there are projects like Dashboard, Storage and iFolder.

* More references

RDF SemWeb WinFS

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
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