Seminars & Colloquia
"Why everyone should be their own database administrator, UI designer, application developer, and web site builder, and how they can."
Monday December 04, 2006 04:00 PM
Location: 313, MRC NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)
This talk is part of the Triangle Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series
End users can fix many of these problems themselves, if they are given the right levers for reshaping information management tools and repositories to suit their needs. In this talk, I will survey my group's explorations of three such levers: a simple, structured-but-sloppy, information model for holding whatever information a particular user considers important; a user-interface framework that can flex to present that arbitrary information; and tools that let end users 'edit' (rather than program) and share information views and workspaces that are appropriate for the data they want to record and the tasks they want to perform. Our approach offers a way to build personalized information management applications for users' own data, and to create useful aggregations and visualizations of information dispersed over the standard and Semantic Web.
A constant interest, however, has been personal information management, and particularly the question of how tools can be built that will actually let users do what they want with their information, instead of what their applications demand. He organized the Haystack group, and built a system by the same name, to explore this question.
Host: Kamesh Munagala, CS, Duke