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Now Do You Know Where Your Information Is?: Perspectives on the Present and Future of Personal Information Management

William Jones & Harry Bruce

Presented at ASIST 2003 Annual Meeting -- Humanizing Information Technology: From Ideas to Bits and Back (ASIST AM 03 2003), Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, California, October 20 - 23, 2003


The phrase Personal Information Management or PIM refers not so much to an established field of inquiry as it does to a gnawing, nagging need. Itís a need we all share but that we each must meet in our own individual, idiosyncratic ways. Now is a good time to take stock of PIM as a need and as a field of inquiry with special focus on the ways in which computing technology can help. The panel will address the following questions: * What is PIM as a field of inquiry? What should it encompass? * In what ways has computing technology helped? In what ways has it hurt? * Panelists are encouraged to bring and read their own favorite samples from the sometimes breathless predictions of twenty years back. Some dreams have come true. Others have not. Some may now seem wildly off base. Why? What can we learn from this going forward? * What have we learned in the past twenty years through the study of PIM? What do we know through empirical inquiry? What have we learned through tool prototyping? * What donít we know? What should we be finding out?

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