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I have been looking recently at the issue of sharing Artivity data. I did a short bibliographical review (attached at the bottom of the post) and it confirms that the idea of the semantic desktop was particularly popular around the middle of the 00's but it never really took off although the open source community embraced it (especially KDE and GNOME projects).

Some interesting projects came up in the review:

and of course

  • Gnowsis, an implementation of NEPOMUK alongside the rest of NEPOMUK inspired implementations.

It is sad that NEPOMUK is losing its momentum with the open source communities but the idea of the semantic desktop is very much alive, only it seems it will be implemented at the application level with increasingly better adoption of semantic standards.

The question at this stage for Artivity is which would be a reasonable path for sharing data. We are currently looking at three possible candidates which model interactions of Agents (including both users and software) with Resources through Activities:

  • Activity Streams which is a W3C recommendation with wide industry adoption but focusing on social media,
  • CIDOC-CRM which is an ISO standard more focused on resources as physical objects and
  • PROV which is again a W3C recommendation focusing on the provenance metadata of resources with more interest in digital resources.
  • Abela, C., Staff, C. and Handschuh, S. (no date) ‘Collecting and Analysing Personal Information Management Data.’ Available at: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1377/paper3.pdf (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • An Introduction to Topic Maps (no date). Available at: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa480048.aspx (Accessed: 1 September 2015).
  • Baldauf, M., Dustdar, S. and Rosenberg, F. (2007) ‘A Survey on Context-Aware Systems’, Int. J. Ad Hoc Ubiquitous Comput., 2(4), pp. 263–277. doi: 10.1504/IJAHUC.2007.014070.
  • Bardram, J. E., Jeuris, S. and Houben, S. (2015) ‘Activity-Based Computing: Computational Management of Activities Reflecting Human Intention.’, AI Magazine, 36(2). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&profile=ehost&scope=s... (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Cheyer, A., Park, J. and Giuli, R. (2005) ‘IRIS: Integrate. Relate. Infer. Share.’, in. 1st Workshop on The Semantic Desktop. 4th International Semantic Web Conference, p. 15. Available at: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.84.3070&rep=rep... (Accessed: 1 September 2015).
  • Chirita, P. A., Gavriloaie, R., Ghita, S., Nejdl, W. and Paiu, R. (2005) ‘Activity based metadata for semantic desktop search’, in The Semantic Web: Research and Applications. Springer, pp. 439–454. Available at: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/11431053_30 (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Cozzi, A., Farrell, S., Lau, T., Smith, B. A., Drews, C., Lin, J., Stachel, B. and Moran, T. P. (2006) ‘Activity management as a web service’, IBM Systems Journal, 45(4), pp. 695–712.
  • Decker, S. and Frank, M. (2004) ‘The social semantic desktop’, in WWW2004 Workshop Application Design, Development and Implementation Issues in the Semantic Web, p. 10. Available at: http://sws.deri.ie/fileadmin/documents/DERI-TR-2004-05-02.pdf (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Dix, A., Catarci, T., Habegger, B., Kamaruddin, A., Katifori, A., Lepouras, G., Poggi, A., Ramduny-Ellis, D. and others (2006) ‘Intelligent context-sensitive interactions on desktop and the web’, in Proceedings of the international workshop in conjunction with AVI 2006 on Context in advanced interfaces. ACM, pp. 23–27. Available at: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1145710 (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Franz, T. and Staab, S. (2005) ‘SAM: Semantics Aware Instant Messaging for the Networked Semantic Desktop.’, in Semantic Desktop Workshop. Citeseer. Available at: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.90.7988&rep=rep... (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Garrelfs, I. (2015) From inputs to outputs: an investigation of process in sound art practice. PhD Thesis. University of the Arts London.
  • Gaugaz, J., Costache, S., Chirita, P.-A., Firan, C. S. and Nejdl, W. (2008) ‘Activity based links as a ranking factor in semantic desktop search’, in Web Conference, 2008. LA-WEB’08., Latin American. IEEE, pp. 49–57. Available at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4756161 (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Groza, T., H, S., Möller, K., Minack, E., Jazayeri, M., Mesnage, C., Reif, G. and Gudjónsdóttir, R. (2007) ‘The NEPOMUK project - on the way to the social semantic desktop’, in In Proceedings of I-Semantics’ 07, JUCS, pp. 201–211.
  • Hu, Y. and Janowicz, K. (2012) ‘Improving personal information management by integrating activities in the physical world with the semantic desktop’, in Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems. ACM, pp. 578–581. Available at: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2424420 (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • ‘ISO 21127:2014 Information and documentation -- A reference ontology for the interchange of cultural heritage information’ (2014). ISO.
  • ‘ISO/IEC 13250:2003 - Information technology -- SGML applications -- Topic maps’ (2006). ISO. Available at: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso&5Fcatalogue/catalogue%5Ftc/catalogue%5Fdetail... (Accessed: 1 September 2015).
  • Konstantinos, A. and Ioannis, R. (2015) ‘Activity Ontologies for Intelligent Calendar Applications’, in Proceedings of the 7th Balkan Conference on Informatics Conference. ACM, p. 17. Available at: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2801109 (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Nejdl, W. and Paiu, R. (2005) ‘I know I stored it somewhere-Contextual Information and Ranking on our Desktop’, Future Digital Library Management Systems: System Architecture and Information Access, p. 9.
  • NGO, B.-H., BAC, C., LE, Q.-T. and SILBER-CHAUSSUMIER, F. (2006) ‘TOWARD ONTOLOGY-BASED FILE SYSTEMS’, in Conférence nationale des technologies de l’information, Dalat University (VN). Available at: http://stromboli3.int-edu.eu/~chris/publications/2006-Dalat.pdf (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Pammer, V. and Bratic, M. (2013) ‘Surprise, Surprise: Activity Log Based Time Analytics for Time Management’, in CHI ’13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York, NY, USA: ACM (CHI EA ’13), pp. 211–216. doi: 10.1145/2468356.2468395.
  • Rath, A. S., Devaurs, D. and Lindstaedt, S. N. (2009) ‘UICO: an ontology-based user interaction context model for automatic task detection on the computer desktop’, in Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Context, Information and Ontologies. ACM, p. 8. Available at: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1552270 (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
  • Schmidt, B., Stoitsev, T. and Mühlhäuser, M. (2010) ‘Activity-centric support for weakly-structured business processes’, in Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGCHI symposium on Engineering interactive computing systems. ACM, pp. 251–260. Available at: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1822057 (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
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  • Strang, T., Linnhoff-Popien, C. and Frank, K. (2003) ‘CoOL: A context ontology language to enable contextual interoperability’, in Distributed applications and interoperable systems. Springer, pp. 236–247. Available at: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-540-40010-3_21 (Accessed: 28 August 2015).
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