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Note to Self: Examining Personal Information Keeping in a Lightweight Note-Taking Tool

van kleek, max, bernstein, michael, Panovich, Katrina, Vargas, Greg, Karger, David and schraefel, mc (2009) Note to Self: Examining Personal Information Keeping in a Lightweight Note-Taking Tool At ACM CHI 2009.

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This paper describes a longitudinal field experiment in personal note-taking that examines how people capture and use information in short textual notes. Study participants used our tool, a simple browser-based textual note-taking utility, to capture personal information over the course of ten days. We examined the information they kept in notes using the tool, how this information was expressed, and aspects of note creation, editing, deletion, and search. We found that notes were recorded extremely quickly and tersely, combined information of multiple types, and were rarely revised or deleted. The results of the study not only demonstrated the need for a tool such as ours to support the rapid capture and retrieval of short notes-to-self, but also provided glimpses of how users' actual note-keeping tendencies could be used to better support their needs in future PIM tools.

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Published date: 2009
Additional Information: Nominated, best in CHI Award, ACM CHI 2009
Venue - Dates: ACM CHI 2009, 2009-01-01
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity


Local EPrints ID: 267100
PURE UUID: fa2cc8ed-01e5-4e05-b792-5072514bb337

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Date deposited: 13 Feb 2009 10:40
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:08

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Author: max van kleek
Author: michael bernstein
Author: Katrina Panovich
Author: Greg Vargas
Author: David Karger
Author: mc schraefel

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