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Transforming Technologies to Manage Our Information

Book Description

With its theme, "Our Information, Always and Forever," Part I of this book covers the basics of personal information management (PIM) including six essential activities of PIM and six (different) ways in which information can be personal to us. Part I then goes on to explore key issues that arise in the "great migration" of our information onto the Web and into a myriad of mobile devices. Part 2 provides a more focused look at technologies for managing information that promise to profoundly alter our practices of PIM and, through these practices, the way we lead our lives. Part 2 is in five chapters: - Chapter 5. Technologies of Input and Output. Technologies in support of gesture, touch, voice, and even eye movements combine to support a more natural user interface (NUI). Technologies of output include glasses and "watch" watches. Output will also increasingly be animated with options to "zoom". - Chapter 6. Technologies to Save Our Information. We can opt for "life logs" to record our experiences with increasing fidelity. What will we use these logs for? And what isn’t recorded that should be? - Chapter 7. Technologies to Search Our Information. The potential for personalized search is enormous and mostly yet to be realized. Persistent searches, situated in our information landscape, will allow us to maintain a diversity of projects and areas of interest without a need to continually switch from one to another to handle incoming information. - Chapter 8. Technologies to Structure Our Information. Structure is key if we are to keep, find, and make effective use of our information. But how best to structure? And how best to share structured information between the applications we use, with other people, and also with ourselves over time? What lessons can we draw from the failures and successes in web-based efforts to share structure? - Chapter 9. PIM Transformed and Transforming: Stories from the Past, Present and Future. Part 2 concludes with a comparison between Licklider’s world of information in 1957 and our own world of information today. And then we consider what the world of information is likely to look like in 2057. Licklider estimated that he spent 85% of his "thinking time" in activities that were clerical and mechanical and might (someday) be delegated to the computer. What percentage of our own time is spent with the clerical and mechanical? What about in 2057?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half title
  3. Copyright
  4. Title
  5. Abstract
  6. Keywords
  7. Dedication
  8. Contents
  9. Preface
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. 5 Technologies of Input and Output
    1. 5.1 Technologies of Output
    2. 5.2 Technologies of Input
  12. 6 Technologies to Save Our Information
    1. 6.1 The Possibility of “Total Capture”
    2. 6.2 Personal Potentials of a Lifelog
    3. 6.3 Caveats and Disclaimers
    4. 6.4 The PIM Transformed, the PIM that Remains
  13. 7 Technologies to Search Our Information
    1. 7.1 Why Don’t We Use Search More Often? (And How We May Anyway)
    2. 7.2 Personal Potentials of Situated Searching
      1. 7.2.1 Search as a Relationship
      2. 7.2.2 Are We Talking about Personalized search or the Search for Personal Information?
      3. 7.2.3 What To Do with Information that Seems Useful . . . Only Not Now?
    3. 7.3 Caveats and Disclaimers
    4. 7.4 The PIM Transformed, the PIM that Remains
      1. 7.4.1 Finding/Re-Finding
      2. 7.4.2 Keeping
      3. 7.4.3 The Meta-Level Reach of Search
      4. 7.4.4 Maintaining and Organizing
      5. 7.4.5 Managing Privacy and the Flow of Information
      6. 7.4.6 Measuring and Evaluating
      7. 7.4.7 Making Sense of and Using the Information
      8. 7.4.8 The Technology Remaining
  14. 8 Technologies to Structure Our Information
    1. 8.1 Structure, Structure Everywhere . . . Nor any Bit to Share
    2. 8.2 Personal Potentials of Shared Structure
      1. 8.2.1 Visions of the Semantic Web
      2. 8.2.2 From the Public to the Personal
      3. 8.2.3 Unfulfilled Promises
      4. 8.2.4 More Specific, More Applied, In-Line, “Smaller”—Yes; But Simpler?
      5. 8.2.5 Personal Potential Revisited: The Meaningful Sharing of Structure
    3. 8.3 Caveats and Considerations
      1. 8.3.1 Consideration #1: What is the Smallest Unit for a “Meaningful” Sharing of Structure?
      2. 8.3.2 Consideration #2: How Much Meaning Can Be Shared (Reliably, Usefully) through Structure?
      3. 8.3.3 Consideration #3: How Much Needs To Be the Same for Structures To Be Shared?
      4. 8.3.4 Consideration #4: How Much Needs To Change for Structures To Be Shared?
  15. 9 PIM Transformed and Transforming: Stories from the Past, Present, and Future
    1. 9.1 How Much “Clerical Tax” Do We Pay?
    2. 9.2 Toward a Synthesis of the Senses of Personal Information and the Activities of PIM
    3. 9.3 Personal Information Management, Then and Now
    4. 9.4 Tax-Free PIM?
    5. 9.5 Where Do We “PIM” in 2057?
    6. 9.6 Concluding Thoughts on Transforming Technologies
  16. References
  17. Author Biography