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The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuff

Ofer Bergman and Steve Whittaker


Each of us has an ever-growing collection of personal digital data: documents, emails, Web pages we visited, tasks, contacts, appointments and pictures we took. To use any of this, we have to find it. The ease of finding something depends on how we organize our digital stuff. In this book, personal information management (PIM) experts Ofer Bergman and Steve Whittaker explain why we organize our personal digital data the way we do and how better design can help us manage our collections more efficiently. Bergman and Whittaker report that many of us use hierarchical folders for our personal dig ... More

Keywords: Personal information management, information access, folder hierarchies, navigation, search, tags, group information management, user-subjective, design principles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035170
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ofer Bergman, author

Steve Whittaker, author