Enriching Our Personal Information Space with Semantic Web Metadata

Type of Thesis: 
Bachelor Thesis

Daily users struggle with organsing and re-finding their stored documents, photos, emails, etc. Personal Cross-Media Information Management investigates the opportunities to provide the user with an alternative to the Desktop Metaphor where we step away from the file hierarchies used to store our information. Our cross-media PIM system is a solution which unifies all organisational structures such as email, bookmark and file hierarchies but also the physical classification structures such as bookshelves or piles of papers on the desk. This approach to PIM makes it possible to construct our own personal cross-media information space with less fragmentation of the information. By providing a tool for centralising all these possible ways of storing our information, we allow the user to re-find the information no matter where or how the information has been stored. Often, users only need information which is relevant in a certain context, such as the slides of a course when studying for that course. Therefore, we include a context-aware component to provide the user with the context-relevant information instead of the currently used static file system.


Due to the evolution of the Semantic Web over the last decade, we may enrich our Personal Cross-Media Information Space with semantic metadata from the Web. Currentl technologies such as RDF provide metadata about a web page but what do we do with this extra information from a users viewpoint? Several applications are rising which make use of the metadata for example to compare the price of selected goods from Amazon. Nevertheless, they are restricted to the use of metadata inside the Web Information Space.






The goal of this thesis is to bring the metadata available on the Web to the users Personal Cross-Media Information Space which may include physical artefacts such as paper. The student will first investigate the current state of art in the web page scrapping technologies and visualisation solutions for this metadata. The second step is to develop a framework or service which allows the user to store Web metadata on the desktop. Optionally, the integration with the physical information space may be considered. As a proof of concept the framework or service could be integrated as a plug-in into our PIM system.



Background Knowledge: 
  • Java
  • HTML5, RDF, Microformats
Technical challenges: 
  • You will learn how to scrap semantic data on the web.
  • You will learn about innovative interaction solutions with metadata.
  • You will learn about our PIM framework.
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