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Personal Information Management Strategies and Tactics used by Senior Engineers

Christina K. Pikas

(Submission #14)


The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study is to gain insight into how senior engineers in a research laboratory environment do personal information management. I conducted responsive, semi-structured interviews with four senior engineers and analyzed the transcripts. I found thirteen themes: the nitty gritty is lost; the engineer provides the best preservation; memory; commenting software for retrieval and reuse; writing to remember and reporting to retrieve; journaling over time; technology files and project files; personal handbooks; organized messes; e-mail, the overlooked collection; no bibliographic management software; maintaining a collection of experts; and software, whatever works. These themes are described and implications for the design of information systems and future work are discussed.

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