Commit 6eae9794 authored by Martyn Russell's avatar Martyn Russell

Updated README

parent e052fe50
1 Introduction
Tracker is a powerful desktop-neutral first class object
database, tag/metadata database, search tool and indexer.
Tracker is also extremely fast and very memory-efficient
when compared with some other competing frameworks and has by
far the fastest and most memory-efficient Nautilus search and
Deskbar backends currently available.
It consists of a common object database that allows entities to
have an almost infinte number of properties, metadata (both
embedded/harvested as well as user definable), a comprehensive
database of keywords/tags and links to other entities.
It provides additional features for file-based objects
including context linking and audit trails for a file object.
It has the ability to index, store, harvest metadata, retrieve
and search all types of files and other first class objects.
Supported first class objects include:
* Files, Documents, Music, Images, Videos, Applications, Emails,
Conversations, Playlists
Planned support:
* Appointments, Contacts, Projects, Tasks, Bookmarks, Notes,
Firefox Web History
Tracker is a search engine and that allows the user to find their
data as fast as possible. Users can search for their files and
search for content in their files too.
Tracker is a semantic data storage for desktop and mobile devices.
Tracker uses W3C standards for RDF ontologies using Nepomuk with
SPARQL to query and update the data.
Tracker is a central repository of user information, that provides
two big benefits for the desktop; shared data between applications
and information which is relational to other information (for
example: mixing contacts with files, locations, activities and
This central repository works with a well defined data model that
applications can rely on to store and recover their information.
That data model is defined using a semantic web artifact called
ontology. An ontology defines the relationships between the
information stored in the repository.
An EU-funded project called Nepomuk was started to define some of
the core ontologies to be modelled on the Desktop. Tracker uses this
to define the data's relationships in a database.
All discussion related to tracker happens on the Tracker
mailing list
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