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Does a semantic desktop facilitate your daily tasks?

  • Semantic desktop environments aim at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of users carrying out daily tasks within their personal information management infrastructure (PIM). They support the user by transferring and exploiting the explicit semantics of data items across different PIM applications. Whether such an approach does indeed reach its aim of facilitating users" life and—if so—to which extent, however, remains an open question that we address in this paper with the first summative evaluation of a semantic desktop approach. We approach the research question exploiting our own semantic desktop infrastructure, X-COSIM. As data corpus, we have used over 100 emails and 50 documents extracted from the organizers of a conference-like event at our university. The evaluation has been carried out with 18 subjects. We have developed a test environment to evaluate COSIMail and COSIFile, two semantic PIM applications based on X-COSIM. As result, we have found a significant improvement for typical PIM tasks compared to a standard desktop environment.

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Author:Thomas Franz, Ansgar Scherp, Steffen Staab
Series (Volume no.):Arbeitsberichte, FB Informatik (2008,12)
Document Type:Part of Periodical
Date of completion:2008/10/23
Date of publication:2008/10/23
Publishing institution:Universität Koblenz, Universitätsbibliothek
Release Date:2008/10/23
Tag:persönliches Informationsmanagement; semantischer Desktop
personal information management; semantic desktop; summative evaluation
Number of pages:13
Institutes:Fachbereich 4
Fachbereich 4 / Institut für Informatik
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht: § 53 UrhG