Colloquium Series - Spring 2017 Schedule
Time: 1:30pm in 102 Mann (unless otherwise noted)
- February 6th: Dr. Jefferson Pooley
- May 1st: ICA Preview Talks and Honors Thesis Presentations
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This talk addresses Personal Information Management (PIM) - the processes and technologies by which we manage our personal digital collections. Although each of us has vast, ever-growing personal digital collections, the most common way we organize our information is to use hierarchical folders, a technology that has been with us since the 1980s. There has been much criticism of folders over the years, leading to the development of new PIM technologies that aim to overcome folder limitations, including desktop search, tags and group information management. Each of these has strong intuitive benefits when compared with folders. This talk will describe multiple studies that compare using traditional folders with these alternatives, finding repeated benefits for folders. Drs. Ofer Bergman and Steve Whittaker will explain their counterintuitive results in terms of underlying cognitive and neuropsychology principles, showing that folders are cognitively less demanding. They conclude by introducing the user-subjective approach, which is the first design approach dedicated specifically to PIM, and one that builds on the benefits of folders rather than seeking to replace them. This talk is based on their new book, The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuff.