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.