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Chandler: An Open Source Personal Information Manager
Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Corporation
Katie Capps Parlante, OSAF
Andy Hertzfeld, Macintosh co-creator
Chao Lam, OSAF

Track: Apps
Date: Thursday, July 10
Time: 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Location: Salon F

Chandler is a personal information manager focused on how people want to interact with their data, rather than on how computers like to store data. Chandler is Agenda-like in spirit, for those familiar with Mitch Kapor's earlier work in this area. Chandler provides a mechanism for capturing and storing many and varied types of information and also allows for supreme manipulation of that data, so individuals can mix and match data types into aggregations and hierarchical views that reflect the way the user thinks. Even more useful, the same piece of data can be viewed as part of many different aggregations. Chandler also provides new facilities for sharing and collaborative use of data in a peer-to-peer mode.

Chandler is intended to be a useful application, as well as a framework for the development new information management applications. The 1.0 release will focus on calendar, email and contacts, as well as providing an effective framework for developers to add data types and viewers of interest to them.

Chandler is written primarily in Python, using wxWindows as the UI toolkit, and Jabber as key infrastructure for sharing and collaboration. It runs on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows. Chandler is in the very early stages of development; there's plenty of interesting thinking to be done. In particular, Chandler will include an innovative data model, agent framework. This presentation provides a general overview, a demo of Chandler's capabilities, and a discussion of some of its innovative features. Speakers: Andy Hertzfeld, Katie Capps-Parlente, Chao Lam, and Mitchell Baker, OSAF staff.


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