The CSEE Colloquium will present “The Social Life of Personal Information” with Manuel Perez-Quinones, associate professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, on Thursday, April 14, at 1 p.m. in ITE Room 325B.
Personal Information Management (PIM) practices are the set of behaviors that we follow to organize our information. This often includes the management of email messages, documents, bookmarks, digital pictures, music, etc. Research in PIM has identified a core set of set of behaviors: encountering information, deciding to keep the information, filing/archiving and reusing the information. The plethora of digital information and online transactions has us struggling to manage information effectively. Research groups are exploring how we can help address this problem. In this talk, Perez-Quinones will present previous work on PIM and highlight some new projects that his research group is exploring at the intersection of PIM and social networks. The rise of social networks presents an opportunity for the management of personal information. Email in a person’s inbox, for example, is “shared” between the sender and the receiver. What if we could share the PIM practices within our inner personal circle? Could we leverage the power of our social network to be more organized?