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Mandriva to Participate in Project Social Semantic Desktop

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Paris – Mandriva has said that its EDGE-IT subsidiary has won a seat in the NEPOMUK Social Semantic Desktop project, funded under the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme. The total project budget is €17 million, of which €1.8 million are reserved to EDGE-IT. Funding from the EU represents 50% of the budget. Major partners of the project includes DFKI, SAP, Thales, and IBM (full list available online, see project website below).

NEPOMUK brings together researchers, industrial software developers and representative industrial users to develop a comprehensive solution for extending the personal desktop into a collaboration environment which supports both personal information management and sharing of information via social and organizational channels.

After the revolution caused by the Macintosh in the 1980s, the Social Semantic Desktop is the only true sea-change seen in recent years on the desktop. It is a new computing paradigm that provides an advanced way to create, automate and structure information. The Social Semantic Desktop brings three major changes: the availability of contextual information on users' desktops, the shift from hierarchical to semantic storage of information, and advanced ways of assisting users in their day-to-day usage of computers. One common way to define the Social Semantic Desktop is to bill it as the technologies that allow computers to gather information in the same manner as the human brain does.

François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva, said: "NEPOMUK will result in revolutionary applications. Social Semantic Desktop represents a big opportunity to further extend the knowledge sharing functions offered by current technologies.

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