RWTH Aachen University
The operating system clipboard is used to copy and paste data between applications even if the applications are from different vendors. Current clipboards only support the transfer of data or formatted data between applications. The semantics of the data, however, is lost in the transfer. The semantic Web, on the other hand, provides a common framework that allows data to be shared across application boundaries while preserving the semantics of the data. In this paper, the authors introduce the concept of a semantic clipboard and present a prototype implementation that can be used to copy and paste RDF (Resource Description Framework) meta-data between desktop applications.