RWTH Aachen University
Several recent initiatives aim to provide a Memex-inspired semantic desktop that would integrate with or replace the users' current physical and electronic desktop. For these semantic desktop initiatives to succeed, the authors need to consider how people organize their work and use their desktop. If they do not consider this existing work, the semantic desktop might very well suffer from the low adoption rate that is visible in other personal information management solutions. The contribution of this paper is not technical, but presents an overview of relevant semantic desktop literature from the personal information management and human-computer interaction domains.