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Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management (Interactive Technologies) Paperback – October 31, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0123708663 ISBN-10: 0123708664 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (October 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123708664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123708663
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Keeping Found Things Found is the missing manual for 21st century literacy. We're at the epicenter of a rapidly expanding universe of personal information. Books, music, photos, videos, email, contacts, calendars, wills, bills, records, and receipts: how can we keep our piles and files from spiraling out of control? William Jones has the answer in this important book about finding our memories and organizing our lives. A must- read for designers, developers, librarians, and anyone else who cares about the future of information interaction."

- Peter Morville, Author of, Ambient Findability,
and Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

About the Author

William Jones is a research associate professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he manages the Keeping Found Things Found project. Dr. Jones contributed chapters on personal information management (PIM) to the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, the Handbook of Applied Cognition, and the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. He has presented numerous tutorials and courses on PIM, co-edited a book on PIM, and organized two PIM workshops, including an invitational sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Jones has published articles on basic research in cognitive psychology and more applied research in PIM, information retrieval, and human-computer interaction. Dr. Jones holds several patents relating to search and PIM. He received his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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His job in writing this book was really hard.
Bob Boiko
It is a pleasure to see the full book become a reality knowing that it will be useful to anyone who cares about the role of information in their lives.
Glenda Claborne
I have to stop myself, I just love this book and the ideas it keeps inspiring to pop up in my head.
Rasmus Toft Lauridsen

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Roduin on November 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
As someone who lives in fear of losing everything on my computer, this book and its eye opening discussions on personal information management (PIM) left me empowered to take more control over my own personal information for ease of future retrieval and storage, but also to control who else will have access to it.

The book gave me a new perspective on PIM and on the information that(constantly) flows into and out of my life. My information - email, digital docs, photos, music, bookmarks, whatever - has a life of its own and a life cycle. Information comes in. Sometimes it's useful. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes (too often!) it just gets in the way. But I never really thought of my information as something to be actively managed. And not just to avoid bad things like identity theft or data loss. But also for good things like working smarter and in ways that better leverage my time. Many people already have a PIM system or tool that works for them and their specific needs, but one of the real assets of this book is in helping you deconstruct the constant flow of information even before you start making determinations of what info to keep, what to chuck, who can have access to it, and where it should permanently reside. Jones describes some really useful tools and practices to help become savvier about what information comes at you and what information you send back out and all with a focus on helping you manage your time, energy, and personal information better and smarter.

I especially liked the books metaphors. I certainly feel as if sometimes I'm in a "sea" of personal information. How much of this I can control remains to be seen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Claborne on November 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
I can use this book as metadata for my everyday interaction with information. By this, I mean that in this book, William Jones has successfully named and described the basic concepts and activities of an area in my life that I would normally "let go and flow," which can mean letting information overload and fragmentation live my life. How many of us would stop to deconstruct the elements involved when we are searching for that article that we came across six months ago and which could be useful now or for the contact details of a previous supervisor who you need to ask recommendation from? By laying out the multi-step and multi-faceted nature of the basic PIM activities of finding and keeping, Dr. Jones gives us some goal posts by which to manage, measure and make sense of information in our playing field.

This is no small achievement for a book on personal information management. We have a tendency to reduce the topic of PIM to specific organizing technologies or to specific how-tos which makes it difficult to go a step higher and recognize the enduring needs and values that we are trying to seek and satisfy as we wade through our loads of information. In this book, Dr. Jones shares with us his own years of practice and study of PIM in a writing style that is succinct and engaging. He also connects us to the wisdom of other people through well-placed quotations and helps us with our imagination through simple, elegant line drawings.

I was involved in checking the references for this book which gave me the privilege of reading Dr. Jones' research papers on PIM earlier than most readers. It is a pleasure to see the full book become a reality knowing that it will be useful to anyone who cares about the role of information in their lives.

-- Glenda Claborne, a librarian and business analyst.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rasmus Toft Lauridsen on May 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm a college dropout(Information Studies), now working in IT as a Systems Admin at a fair sized hotel. When I left college to pursue other at that time more interesting things. I couldn't really see the big picture in why we had to learn what they wanted us to.
Now I do, thanks to this book.

I keep feeling inspired about the management of my information. Both as PIM in my own department, but mostly also for my users. I can suddenly see some meaning in the way they manage their PIM. I as the IT department have to facilitate their professional PIM. I have to give them the tools to make sure they don't lose stuff, but also so they don't drown in information. Suddenly I have a much more nuanced view of my job. Being the geek who loves his tech stuff, can do everything to keep servers and computer running, is not really enough. I have to know my place in the business of managing information and information flow in the company.

This book could teach many programmers, much on how they can make their products more usable to the users. Make them understand some of how people look at the information being processed, stored, shared, pushed by the programs they write. We have to facilitate more styles of PIM than just our own, not everyone works like we do.

I have to stop myself, I just love this book and the ideas it keeps inspiring to pop up in my head.
There is so much for so many people in this book..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Yee on February 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
As someone who thinks a lot about strategies for dealing with personal information -- and someone who helps design computational tools to do so -- I found this book to be a wonderful map of the subject. It's a book that I had been looking for a long time.

I will be using it as a textbook in my summer course on personal information management. I'm looking forward to sharing it with my students.
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