A Quest For A Personal Dashboard?

February 27, 2012

The author of a post on this subject gives a User Requirements for a type of information aggregation application that results in a Dashboard for personal use.  This is one of the “unfulfilled” needs of the computer age.  Like a usable Decision Making application, the Dashboard is nowhere to be found. Instead we have silos of information predation.

Sure there are applications that provide the raw materials for making one; the Browser is itself a good vehicle for this,   and, there are Suites that do this such as Lotus Notes, MS Office, and in the enterprise sphere there are a plethora of integrated management systems that allow one to drill into information within the systems, from SAP, Anderson, CS, etc.  There are also various Semantic Web research projects that could serve as springboards to a Personal Desktop.

Jon Udel on this post:  “The personal service management console”, also calls for a new type of application that would be required to accompany a Personal Dashboard.  After all, what good is an integrated view if your management of the resources is fragmented?

So why isn’t there one?

A new contender in this field is Mozilla’s Project Raindrop.

What happened to HayStack?  That was supposed to be a big deal as presented in this paper:  “Haystack: A General Purpose Information Management Tool for End Users of Semistructured Data”.

I originally wrote this in 2009. Just noticed it was in my drafts. How time flies!

For anyone who intends creating a dashboard there are many visualization options available. See this chart.

Some links

  1. My Quest For A Personal Dashboard
  2. Productivity Tools: Personal Dashboards
  3. Dashboard (management information systems)
  4. PersonalBrain as Personal Dashboard
  5. Mind Maps as Personal Dashboards
  6. Google releases Dashboard privacy tool
  7. Software Project Dashboards – Episode 1

From Tags To Categories

February 5, 2012

Tags are usually non-hierarchical fine grained descriptors of a resource. They are the opposite of categories which are usually part of a semantic hierarchy. Categories are really old-school, killed by the effectiveness of Search and the expanding mash-up universe.

However, while tags provide rapid access to resources and easier sharing of them, tags do not enrich knowledge. We can see this if we consider knowledge as one of the tiers toward wisdom: data, information, knowledge, wisdom. Tags are data on information, metadata. Categories are information on knowledge.

Since data is used to create information, the data on information, tags, can be harnessed to increase the information on knowledge by the automated creation of categories. We simply create the directed cyclic graphs of tags around resources and detect clusters. The naming of categories come from the resources themselves.

This is how the internet will wake up. It will create an ontology and it will act. Hopefully, humans are part of a necessary category.

Some possible related reading

  1. Ontology on Wikipedia
  2. New Common Tag Format
  3. Semantic Web Use Cases and Case Studies. Case Study: Semantic tags
  4. Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags

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