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But significant challenges must be met if PIM is to approach this ideal. For example, information that people need to complete a task is often scattered across locations and devices. Information is further fragmented across separate organizational schemes – for paper, electronic documents, email, web references, etc.
The study of PIM itself is often fragmented in similar ways. Some research focuses on email; other research focuses on the use of the web; other research on the organization of paper and electronic documents; still other research focuses on the use of mobile devices. Good research relating to PIM is scattered across a number of disciplines including information retrieval, database management, information science, human-computer interaction, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence.
The members of this panel were all participants in a special workshop on PIM sponsored by the National Science Foundation (Jan. 27-29, 2005, http://pim.ischool.washington.edu/). Researchers from a variety of disciplines met to discuss PIM as a field of inquiry. Panelists will review the workshop and its aftermath. Among the workshop topics to discuss at the panel are the following:
• What does good and better PIM looks like? How do we measure? • What key problems and challenges must be met if we are to make progress in PIM? What about the interfaces between PIM and “Group Information Management”? • What approaches to PIM and its challenges look especially promising? Does it make sense, for example, to “record everything” even if we have the technology to do so? Is there a unifying layer of support for personal information? What should it contain? Will a shared persistent memory take us beyond “email as we know it”?
Panelists will also discuss what it means to foster a research community for the field of PIM inquiry. Although panelists will use their experiences at the workshop as a starting point, discussion will freely range beyond the workshop to a general discussion of PIM. The panel is structured to maximize interaction among the panelists themselves and with the audience.
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