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Continuous Search of Personal Information Space with Dashboard
Edd Dumbill, Useful Information Company

Track: Interfaces and Services
Date: Thursday, February 12
Time: 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Location: California Ballroom B

Dashboard is a piece of software that performs a continous, automatic search of your personal information space to show you things in your life that are related to whatever you happen to be doing with your computer at the time. Written in Mono, an open source .NET implementation, Dashboard is proof that open source can innovate as well as imitate. Dashboard receives contextual information from the focused application and uses it to query a selection of back-end stores. For instance, when reading an email, your mail client will send Dashboard the email address of your correspondent, the subject line, and body text. The back end stores then search for related information -- an address-book back end will bring up an address card for your correspondent -- and feed that to the Dashboard user interface. This talk explains the Dashboard software, its architecture, and the advantages of being implemented on the .NET platform.

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