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On Jun 28, 2009, at 6:45 AM, Natan Yellin <> wrote:

Hi Stormy,
We'd love to do a usability study involving Zeitgeist in the future, but I don't think that we're ready for that yet. Up until recently, we've been focusing only on Zeitgeist's backend and our plans for the GUI are just starting to be implemented.

ThAt is the best time to test! Before you spe nd time implementing a UI you're not sure is usable, you could test a throwaway prototype to make sure everything is ok. Once you start implementing.. It is much more difficult to implement recommendations from testing

~ Celeste


On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 9:02 PM, Stormy Peters <> wrote: We've been talking about doing a usability study. Is this something that benefit?


On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 2:55 PM, Natan Yellin <> wrote:
Hi Dan,

On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:24 PM, Dan Brickley <> wrote: says


   * Experiment with Tracker, Soylent, and Empathy.
* Use an RDF based backend to allow better semantic metadata. (E.g. Automatically tag files edited at a given time with the name of the Hamster project that was worked on at the same time.) "

Do you know if they've got to the RDF piece yet?
No, we haven't. (I'm the one who added that TODO item to the page but I was busy with school exams until late last week.) As of now, we're planning on implementing it using Tracker 0.7 (which has a RDF store with support for SPARQL queries) as an optional alternative to our own vanilla Sqlite backend.

(I don't know if it's of any interest to you, but I also spoke to David Barth from Canonical last week and he expressed an interest in hacking together a CouchDB based backend in the coming weeks.)

For more information, you might be interested in an article that I wrote for the next edition of the GNOME Journal, which will be published next month. The draft can be found online here.


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