Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105751
Title:
Individual Differences in Personal Information Management
Author:
Gwizdka, Jacek; Chignell, Mark
Editors:
Jones, William; Teevan, Jamie
Citation:
Individual Differences in Personal Information Management 2007, Personal Information Management
Publisher:
University of Washington Press.
Journal:
Personal Information Management
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105751
Submitted date:
2007-03-12
Abstract:
In an increasingly complex world where people routinely handle large amounts of information, individuals are constantly challenged to manage and effectively use the information that they are responsible for. While email is the canonical example of an information overloading application, other well known PIM applications and tasks cited in earlier chapters of this book include maintaining addresses and contacts, scheduling, and organizing the various documents and bookmarks that one is interested in. Not surprisingly, there are individual differences (ID) in how, and how well, people cope with the challenge of personal information management. This greatly complicates any scientific analysis of PIM behavior. Thus, in addition to the evaluation methods discussed in the previous chapter, researchers and designers need to consider when and how individual differences should be included within parsimonious interpretations and explanations of PIM behavior. In this chapter we propose an approach where differences between individuals are considered last, after the influences of the environment and the task context have first been considered, and after group difference (e.g., between job classifications) have been investigated. We believe that this is a logical way to proceed, since like observing an ant walking over sand-dunes (cf. Simon, 1996) we should not ascribe complexities to an individual if they can instead be explained as due to properties of the environment. The goal of this chapter will be to review and synthesize some of the key findings in how PIM behavior differs between individuals. Some of the reasons why these differences occur and what can be done about them will also be discussed.
Type:
Book Chapter
Language:
en
Keywords:
Psychology; Interdisciplinarity; Human Computer Interaction; User Studies
Local subject classification:
Personal information management; Individual differences

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dc.contributor.authorGwizdka, Jaceken_US
dc.contributor.authorChignell, Marken_US
dc.contributor.editorJones, Williamen_US
dc.contributor.editorTeevan, Jamieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-12T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:33:49Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-03-12en_US
dc.identifier.citationIndividual Differences in Personal Information Management 2007, Personal Information Managementen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105751-
dc.description.abstractIn an increasingly complex world where people routinely handle large amounts of information, individuals are constantly challenged to manage and effectively use the information that they are responsible for. While email is the canonical example of an information overloading application, other well known PIM applications and tasks cited in earlier chapters of this book include maintaining addresses and contacts, scheduling, and organizing the various documents and bookmarks that one is interested in. Not surprisingly, there are individual differences (ID) in how, and how well, people cope with the challenge of personal information management. This greatly complicates any scientific analysis of PIM behavior. Thus, in addition to the evaluation methods discussed in the previous chapter, researchers and designers need to consider when and how individual differences should be included within parsimonious interpretations and explanations of PIM behavior. In this chapter we propose an approach where differences between individuals are considered last, after the influences of the environment and the task context have first been considered, and after group difference (e.g., between job classifications) have been investigated. We believe that this is a logical way to proceed, since like observing an ant walking over sand-dunes (cf. Simon, 1996) we should not ascribe complexities to an individual if they can instead be explained as due to properties of the environment. The goal of this chapter will be to review and synthesize some of the key findings in how PIM behavior differs between individuals. Some of the reasons why these differences occur and what can be done about them will also be discussed.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Washington Press.en_US
dc.subjectPsychologyen_US
dc.subjectInterdisciplinarityen_US
dc.subjectHuman Computer Interactionen_US
dc.subjectUser Studiesen_US
dc.subject.otherPersonal information managementen_US
dc.subject.otherIndividual differencesen_US
dc.titleIndividual Differences in Personal Information Managementen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.identifier.journalPersonal Information Managementen_US
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