Weaving Personal Knowledge Spaces into Office Applications

  • Heiko Maus
  • Sven Schwarz
  • Andreas Dengel


The paper presents recent developments in our research on Semantic Desktop for personal knowledge management supported by an ecosystem of applications and plug-ins using the knowledge worker’s Personal Information Model (PIMO) – a formal representation of his mental model for knowledge work – in everyday applications. We explain how the infrastructure enables the availability of the PIMO as one vocabulary throughout different applications as well as mobile access, the importance of the mental model in the PIMO, and how to get direct benefits from the PIMO in daily activities. We also address steps towards building a Group Information Model from individual PIMOs within the ecosystem.


Semantic Desktop Personal Information Management PIMO Knowledge Management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heiko Maus
    • 1
  • Sven Schwarz
    • 1
  • Andreas Dengel
    • 1
  1. 1.Knowledge Management DepartmentGerman Research Center for AIKaiserslauternGermany

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