Putting Our Digital Information in Its Place: Lessons Learned from Fieldwork and Prototyping in the Keeping Found Things Found Project
Speaker: William Jones , University of WashingtonContact:
Date: May 5 2009
Time: 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room 32-G449
Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL
Michael Bernstein, x3-0452, email@example.comRelevant URL: http://kftf.ischool.washington.edu/
Does place matter for digital information? If so, how? Research points to the importance of "place-like" senses of direction, context, connection and control when managing digital information. Support for place in the Personal Project Planner prototype begins with the idea that relevant information can be located with reference to a simple planning document. This document works as a light-weight, editable overlay to existing applications and the stores of information managed by these applications. A basic premise of the Planner is that effective management of personal information can leverage and emerge from informal planning and other everyday activities.
William Jones is a Research Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington where he manages the Keeping Found Things Found group (kftf.ischool.washington.edu). He has published in the areas of personal information management (PIM), human-computer interaction, information retrieval and cognitive psychology. Prof. Jones wrote the book "Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management" and also edited the book "Personal Information Management" (with co-editor Jaime Teevan). He holds several patents relating to search and PIM from his work as a program manager at Microsoft in Office and in MSN Search. Prof. Jones received his doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University for research into human memory.
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