Please add Personal Information Manager (PIM) core module to LibreOffice
My perspective--out of scope and of limited utility... at best merits an extension that would require continual care to maintain "compatibility" with the myriad of FOSS, freeware and commercial software in various stages of life.
Of course what would greatly facilitate this and similar data driven frameworks will be the completion of the LO migration to Firebird replacing HSQLDB as our embedded SQL database. The front end "skinning" needed for PIM, bibliography, collection management etc. gets much simpler when embedded database is again robust.
But what the heck--over to ux-advise, anyone else have a perspective on adding this as a core function?
Forum thread dates back to the bronze age. It starts with Outlook, which was abandoned for good reasons (general tendency is to have simple apps for special tasks; in Linux terminology: KISS). Brainstorming myself I think access to the address-book supports writing serial letters. But that's all I can imagine - and it's not the primary use-case of LibO. So I strongly agree with the out-of-scope opinion.
Heiko: yeah, at least an address book would be really cool and a very good start. I hate Thunderbird's address book (but also Outlook's). Integrating a good address book with possibility to sync to webdav, ldap, google, etc. would be really cool. At the end there is room afterwards to integrate more, but this has time. An address book is very likely the first step as it can already be used in existing applications (mail merge).
Dennis Roczek Comment 3:
1. Suggest it be called "Contacts" not "Address Book" as it can include non-address fields such as birthday, categories, notes, photo.
2. Contacts module integrated with LibreOffice would be great even if it did not sync to webdav, ldap, google, etc.
Haven't tried but, as Stuart suggests, a plugin solution  for a feature that is not in our primary use case makes sense. More than a built-in function.
We're replacing our use of the 'ux-advise' component with a keyword:
Component -> LibreOffice
Add Keyword: needsUXEval
The out-of-scope assessment wasn't challenged much, and there is no use case beyond nice-to-have. So closing the ticket as WF with the suggestion to implement this feature as extension.