Personal Information Management

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In an ideal world, everyone would always have the right information, in the right form, with the right context, right when they needed it. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world. This book looks at how people in the real world currently manage to store and process the massive amounts of information that overload their senses and their systems, and discusses how tools can help bring these real information interactions closer to the ideal.

Personal information management (PIM) is the study and practice of the activities people perform to acquire, organize, maintain, and retrieve information for everyday use. PIM is a growing area of interest as we all strive for better use of our limited personal resources of time, money, and energy, as well as greater workplace efficiency and productivity.

Personal information is currently fragmented across electronic documents, email messages, paper documents, digital photographs, music, videos, instant messages, and so on. Each form of information is organized and used to complete different tasks and to fulfill disparate roles and responsibilities in an individual’s life. Existing PIM tools are partly responsible for this fragmentation. They can also be part of the solution that brings information together again. A major contribution of this book is its integrative treatment of PIM-related research.

The book grows out of a workshop on PIM sponsored by the National Science Foundation, held in Seattle, Washington, in 2006. Scholars from major universities and researchers from companies such as Microsoft Research, Google, and IBM offer approaches to conceptual problems of information management. In doing so, they provide a framework for thinking about PIM as an area for future research and innovation.

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What People Are Saying

Jared M. Spool
Jones and Teevan have put together a fabulous resource on the subject of managing personal information. With the excellent contributions of their notable guest authors, they look at all angles of the problem of keeping track of everyone and everything in their lives. They've done a thorough investigation and it shows that we have a long journey ahead to handle the torrent of emails, calendars, contacts, bookmarks, and everything else that deluges us regularly. This book will become the seminal reference for anyone thinking about how we solve this critical problem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295987552
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

William Jones is a research associate professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, Seattle. Jaime Teevan is a researcher in the Context, Learning, and User Experience for Search group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction / William Jones and Jaime Teevan

Part I. Understanding Personal Information Management2. How People Find Personal Information / Jamie Teevan, Robert Capra, and Manuel Perez-Quinones3. How People Keep and Organize Personal Information / William Jones4. How People Manage Information over a Lifetime / Catherine C. Marshall5. Naturalistic Approaches for Understanding PIM / Charles M. Naumer and Karen E. Fisher

Part II. Solutions for Personal Information Management6. Save Everything: Supporting Human Memory with a Personal Digital Lifetime Store7. Structure Everything / Tiziana Catarci, Luna Dong, Alon Halevy, and Antonella Poggi8. Unify Everything: It's All the Same to Me / David R. Karger9. Search Everything / Daniel M. Russell and Steve Lawrence10. Everything through Email / Steve Whittaker, Victoria Bellotti, and Jacek Gwizdka11. Understanding What Works: Evaluating PIM Tools / Diane Kelly and Jaime Teevan

Part III. PIM and the Individual12. Individual Differences / Jacek Gwizdka and Mark Chignell13. Personal Health Information Management / Anne Moen

Part IV. PIM and Other People14. Group Information Management / Wayne G. Lutters, Mark S. Ackerman, and Xiaomu Zhou15. Management of Personal Information Disclosure: The Interdependence of Privacy, Security, and Trust / Clare-Marie Karat, John Karat, and Carolyn Brodie16. Privacy and Public Records / Michael Shamas

17. Conclusion / William Jones and Jaime Teevan


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