Gnowsis and further

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Today, Leo Sauermann of the DFKI was here, presenting his work on Gnowsis. It was really interesting, and though I don't agree with everything he said, I am totally impressed by the working system he presented. It's close to some ideas I had, about a Semantic Operating System Kernel, doing nothing but administrate your RDF data and offering it to any application around via a http-protocol. Well, I guess this idea was just a tat too obvious...

So I installed Gnowsis on my own desktop and play around with it now. I guess the problem is we don't really have roundtrip information yet - i.e., Information I change in one place shall magically be changed everywhere. What Gnowsis does is integrate the data from various sources into one view, that makes a lot of applications easily accessible. Great idea. But roundtripping data integration is definitively what we need: if I change the phone number of a person, I want this change to get propagated to all applications.

So again, differing to Gnowsis I would prefer a RDF store, that actually offers the whole data householding for all applications sitting atop. Applications are nought but a view on your data. Integrating from existing applications is done the Gnowsis way, but after that we leave the common trail. Oh well, as said, really interesting talk.

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