Using Spreading Activation through Ontologies to Support Personal Information Management

Akrivi Katifori, Costas Vassilakis, Alan Dix
Proceedings of CSKGOI, within IUI 2008


Recent research in the domain of Personal Information Management has recognized the need for a paradigm shift towards a more activity-oriented system. Ontologies, as semantic networks with a structure not dissimilar to the one used by the human brain for storing long-term knowledge, may be very useful as the basis of such a system. This work proposes the use of spreading activation over ontologies in order to provide to a task-based system and its associated tools with methods to record semantics related to documents and tasks and to support user context inference.

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