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Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management by William Jones

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Chapter Five Keeping and organizing: From information to need

Keeping is like throwing a ball into the future to be caught at a time and place of anticipated need. Where and how to keep? On which device? In what form? Should information be filed away or left in a pile? Eventual failures of finding may actually be initial failures of keeping. Suppose we keep everything? Suppose we organize nothing? Both approaches have problems. But information can sometimes get organized as a by-product of its use. And we can “PIC” our battles to keep and organize.

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