The NEPOMUK Semantic Desktop

  • Ansgar BernardiEmail author
  • Gunnar Aastrand Grimnes
  • Tudor Groza
  • Simon Scerri


Effective support for knowledge work has to center on the activities and needs of the individual knowledge worker. The EU-funded project NEPOMUK realized a comprehensive work environment for improved personal knowledge work: the Social Semantic Desktop. Based on semantic web technology, the NEPOMUK Social Semantic Desktop allows access to information across various applications within a knowledge worker’s personal computer. It facilitates the interconnection, management, and ontology-based conceptual annotation of information items. Thus the knowledge worker is supported in maintaining a personal information model which can be (in whole or in part) shared and exchanged with colleagues and teams. NEPOMUK provides architecture blueprints, fundamental ontologies, and open-source reference implementations. The results have been successfully applied in various applications and are extended and commercialized in products and spin-off enterprises.


Resource Description Framework Knowledge Worker Information Item Resource Description Framework Data Resource Description Framework Graph 
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This work was supported by the European Union IST fund (Grant FP6-027705, Project NEPOMUK, and the German BMBF in Project Perspecting (Grant 01IW08002).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ansgar Bernardi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gunnar Aastrand Grimnes
    • 1
  • Tudor Groza
    • 2
  • Simon Scerri
    • 3
  1. 1.Knowledge Management DepartmentDFKI GmbHKaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.School of ITEEThe University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia
  3. 3.DERI, National University of Ireland, GalwayGalwayIreland

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