The workshop included two sessions of breakouts.
- The session Friday morning explored current problem areas (&
opportunities). What is the current state of things? What do we
know? What should we be finding out? What should things look like in
- The session on Friday afternoon explored promising approaches to
PIM. How do alternate approaches compare? What support is needed?
Session 1: Problem Areas and Opportunities
|1. Towards a field of PIM inquiry.
|What is PIM anyway? What are its components? Which
conceptual frameworks help? How do we measure progress? With what benchmarks?
How to measure cost & benefit of new tools? (What about costs of transition
between tools? The costs of fragmentation? etc.)
|2. Finding, re-finding, reminding and
"re-collection" of personal information.
|"Re-collection" here refers to the challenge of
gathering together a collection of information required to complete a task. What
do we know? What should we be finding out?
|3. Encountering, keeping and organizing
information; maintaining an information collection.
|What do we know? What should we be finding out?
What's the goal?
|4. From PIM to "GIM".
|How does PIM relate to a group's management of
information. Where does PIM fit in the business world? Who owns what? What about
personal information others keep about me?
|5. Measurement and Evaluation
What is the impact of a new
PIM tool? Good and bad? How do we measure? How do we know we’re making
progress in PIM? Is TREC a good model? Session might expand to include
methodologies of observation as well.
Session 2: Promising Approaches
|6. Towards a unification & integration of PIM support.
|Unified storage models. Defining an information layer of
support. The integration of information management and the management of
projects & tasks at a personal level.
|7. Enhancements of personal
|Highlighting, annotating, linking, etc. Data-mining. The
automated imposition of structure and semi-structure.
|8. Search, finding, filtering and
|Will people still need to organize their information in the
future? Will they need to keep information at all? What impacts will semantic
web initiatives have on PIM?
|9. Digital memories, ubiquitous computing
|How does PIM change with the incidental, cost-free capture of
|10. Beyond email…
|Email is increasingly everything. We send reminders to
ourselves in email. We use it for task management, document versioning and lots
of other things. Can we do better? What would "life beyond email" (as we know
it) look like?
Several additional topics were considered and discussed in the large-group meetings including:
|11. Special groups, special problems and "deep" applications of
PIM including patient PIM|
|12. Teachable strategies of PIM|
|13. The uses of a database structure in PIM|
|14. The use of blogs and wikis in PIM|
|15. Uses of semantic web initiatives, in particular developments XML and RDF, in PIM|
|16. The evaluation of PIM tools|
|17. The role of schema and classification schemes in PIM|