Personal information management

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“Personal information management (PIM) refers to the practice and the study of the activities people perform in order to acquire, organize, maintain, retrieve and use personal information items such as documents (paper-based and digital), web pages and email messages for everyday use to complete tasks (work-related or not) and fulfill a person’s various roles (as parent, employee, friend, member of community, etc.).” (Wikipedia, retrieved 15:07, 31 October 2013 (CET))

“We can group PIM technologies into three broad areas: Technologies that help us to save (capture, store) our information, search our information, and structure our information. The first two areas, technologies to save and technologies to search, generate tools in support of the many event-driven actions of keeping and finding we do in a typical day. The third technology area, structuring, aligns more closely with meta-level activities of PIM, that is, maintaining and organizing, managing privacy and the flow of information, measuring and evaluating and, most of all, making sense of (using and making decisions based upon) our information.” (Jones 2013, XX)

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  • Semantic MediaWiki (SWM) does have potential, since it will allow to tag ideas (expressed as wiki articles) and resources (uploaded files). The TAPIR System (Riss, 2012) implements an SMW extension.



  • Gary Marchionini, Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services, ISSN: 1947-945X (print) 1947-9468 (electronic). Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services is edited by Gary Marchionini of the University of North Carolina. The series will publish 50- to 100-page publications on topics pertaining to information science and applications of technology to information discovery, production, distribution, and managemen
  • William Jones (2013) (ed), Transforming Technologies to Manage Our Information: The Future of Personal Information Management, Part 2, Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services, Morgan & Claypool, doi:10.2200/S00532ED1V01Y201308ICR028
  • Riss, Uwe V.(2012). TAPIR: Wiki-Based Task and Personal Information Management Supporting Subjective Process Management, in Oppl, S. & Fleischmann, A. (eds.) S-BPM ONE - Education and Industrial Developments, Communications in Computer and Information Science, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 220--235,