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The Future of Personal Information Management, Part 1

Book Description

We are well into a second age of digital information. Our information is moving from the desktop to the laptop to the "palmtop" and up into an amorphous cloud on the Web. How can one manage both the challenges and opportunities of this new world of digital information? What does the future hold? This book provides an important update on the rapidly expanding field of personal information management (PIM). Part I (Always and Forever) introduces the essentials of PIM. Information is personal for many reasons. It's the information on our hard drives we couldn't bear to lose. It's the information about us that we don't want to share. It's the distracting information demanding our attention even as we try to do something else. It's the information we don't know about but need to. Through PIM, we control personal information. We integrate information into our lives in useful ways. We make it "ours." With basics established, Part I proceeds to explore a critical interplay between personal information "always" at hand through mobile devices and "forever" on the Web. How does information stay "ours" in such a world?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright
  3. Title Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. 1 A New Age of Information
    1. 1.1 A definition of PIM
    2. 1.2 Who benefits from better PIM and how?
    3. 1.3 Related fields and relevant terms
      1. 1.3.1 A useful interplay
      2. 1.3.2 “PIMs” and PDAs
      3. 1.3.3 Human/computer interaction, human-information interaction and library & information science
      4. 1.3.4 Knowledge vs. information, knowledge management vs. information management, PKM vs. PIM
      5. 1.3.5 Time, task and project management
    4. 1.4 A short history of PIM
    5. 1.5 A neolithic revolution in personal information management
    6. 1.6 Roads and walls
    7. 1.7 The plan for the remainder of the book
  9. 2 The Basics of PIM
    1. 2.1 Information as the object of PIM
      1. 2.1.1 The information item and its form
      2. 2.1.2 How is information personal?
      3. 2.1.3 Defining a personal space of information
      4. 2.1.4 Personal information collections
    2. 2.2 The managing activities of PIM
      1. 2.2.1 Defining a mapping
      2. 2.2.2 Six activities of personal information management
      3. 2.2.3 Putting more “meta” into a balanced practice of PIM
    3. 2.3 Conclusion
  10. 3 Our Information, Always at Hand
    1. 3.1 Physical meets digital
      1. 3.1.1 Accessorize! The watch watch and other wearable devices of input and output
      2. 3.1.2 The challenges of privacy and security
      3. 3.1.3 Lifelogging
      4. 3.1.4 The uses of an i.e.log
    2. 3.2 Constantly connected (and constantly on call)
      1. 3.2.1 Multi-tasking “busyness”
      2. 3.2.2 Really getting real things done
    3. 3.3 Conclusion
  11. 4 Our Information, Forever on the Web
    1. 4.1 Read, write, … realize!
      1. 4.1.1 A progression
      2. 4.1.2 From the desktop to the web and back again
      3. 4.1.3 Moving on out: from vertical high-rises to bands of horizontal integration
      4. 4.1.4 The objects of our applications, Part I: Units and tools of construction
      5. 4.1.5 Our houses on wheels
    2. 4.2 Living with, through and on the Web
      1. 4.2.1 Living with the Web
      2. 4.2.2 Living through the Web
      3. 4.2.3 Living on the Web
      4. 4.2.4 The objects of our applications, Part II: Building our stories
    3. 4.3 Conclusion
  12. Bibliography
  13. Author’s Biography