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NEPOMUK - The Social Semantic Desktop - is funded by the European Community under FP6-027705 IST. The overall project goal is to extend the personal computer into a collaborative environment, focusing on personal data management and the provisioning of information, potentially involving online collaboration by individuals or groups. The desktop aspect of the project is where Nepomuk-KDE comes in: a freely and widely available platform which contains the NEPOMUK results.
Desktop ontologies define whom a file belongs to, what rating a user assigns to it and which people are related to the file or contents thereof. While adding all the semantic metadata is a tedious task, there is a reward once it is present: Searching for specific information becomes a lot more accurate and to the point. Nepomuk-KDE uses Soprano to access ontologies stored in RDF (resource description format).
Strigi is a search engine which will be present in the upcoming KDE 4. With the advent of Nepomuk-KDE, Strigi has access to desktop ontologies. Rapid access to information is one of the goals of this integration, which is depicted in the following diagram.
Nepomuk technologies have been integrated into KDE starting KDE 4.0. 4.2 will feature more integration.
More information on the project work and results can be found at: nepomuk.kde.org