Communicating Nepomuk's Benefits
Right now there are a lot of questions surrounding Nepomuk: What is it good for? Why does it take so much CPU / disk? Why do I need it if I don't plan on doing any socializing or semanticizing (?!) on my computer? This translates to a lack of enthusiasm, appreciation and even frustration amongst our users and even at times developers.
The thing is: all of those questions have good answers. Whether it's the performance improvements of Virtuoso, educating our users about how Nepomuk is being used by various "every day tasks" (such as indexing and relating email, contacts and other PIM data via Akonadi, all behind the scenes and with good perormance) or making it easier to figure out that it's quite easy to turn off the disk indexing parts if you want, these things aren't getting communicated very well yet.
There is a page about this on our Community Wiki. That needs to be fleshed out as needed, read by everyone who is doing communication on behalf of KDE and then shared as often and widely as possible.
As developers or technophiles with a deep understanding of these esoterica, we know the benefits of Nepomuk and get rather excited about it. Everyone deserves to feel that excitement, too. :)
Delivering Nepomuk's Benefits
This one is easy to describe, but harder to do because it takes effort. A lot of it over a period of time. Delivering on Nepomuk's benefits means using Nepomuk features in as many of our applications as possible in as many creative ways as possible so that people who use KDE can just start to take for granted that those features will be there in KDE applications. Think of it as the new copy and paste, maybe. :)
In 2010, if each of our application projects implemented even just one feature that used Nepomuk in some relevant way, even if it was completely behind the scenes, we'd end up with an amazing network effect as the user's data swirls around in the crunchy ontologies of Nepomuk.
I'll admit that we haven't done nearly enough of this yet in the Plasma Workspaces (we wanted to have some Nepomuk features in 4.4, but they got punted till 4.5 as they aren't quite finished to our satisfaction), so we'll be on this key quest like a dirty shirt in 2010. :)
(This article is part of the "Key Quests for KDE in 2010" series)