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Chandler: An Open Source Personal Information Manager

Mitch Kapor
Founder and Chair,
Open Source Applications Foundation
Lotus Development Corp. &
Designer of Lotus 1-2-3

Chandler is an innovative Personal Information Manager now under development at the Open Source Applications Foundation. The novel process of Chandler development combines open source methods with rigorous attention to the process of software applications design itself, a combination which heretofore has not been undertaken in a large-scale project. I will discussing the goals, process, results to date and challenges of this important experiment in software development methodology.

Mitch Kapor is the Founder and Chair of the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF). OSAF's mission is to create and gain wide adoption of Open Source application software of uncompromising quality. OSAF started in 2001 when Kapor began to investigate the possibility of developing a modern Personal Information Manager using open source tools and methods. OSAF's product (code-named "Chandler" after the great detective novelist Raymond Chandler,) is a Personal Information Manager (PIM) intended for use in everyday information and communication tasks, such as composing and reading email, managing an appointment calendar and keeping a contact list.

Kapor was the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980’s. He has been at the forefront of the information technology revolution for a generation as an entrepreneur, investor, social activist, and philanthropist.

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