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The Future of Personal Information Management, Part 1 by William Jones

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CHAPTER 2

The Basics of PIM

In our practices of PIM, we are (or should be) in charge. In sentences describing our behavior, we’re the subject. That’s the “P” in PIM. The object of these sentences is information in one form or another—the “I” in PIM. And the verb is some PIM activity—the “M.”

This chapter concerns basics of the “I” and the “M” of PIM. The first section, on the way to defining a space of personal information, considers what it means for information to be manageable and some of the “whys” for doing so. The second section considers basic activities of PIM and the mapping between information and need that is realized (implicitly) through these activities.

2.1     INFORMATION AS THE OBJECT OF PIM

In Chapter 1, Buckland is quoted as ...

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