A review of the Keeping Found Things Found project: Highlights and New Directions

Speaker: William Jones , The Information School, University of Washington

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Refreshments: 4:45 PM

Public: Yes

Location: Star Seminar Room (32-D463)

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Host: Jaime Teevan, CSAIL

Contact: Jaime Teevan, (617) 253-1611, teevan@mit.edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: A review of the Keeping Found Things Found project

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The important action of initially finding information has been the subject of considerable study; this is what the field of information retrieval is all about. But, what happens once information is found? How do we keep this information so that it can be re–accessed later when a need for this information arises? The ability to manage information for re–use – to keep found things found – is an essential component of good personal information management, or PIM. On the KFTF project, we have been studying this problem under an NSF grant for the past three years.

In this talk I will review the results of two observational studies, two surveys, two prototyping efforts and the functional analysis that motivates these prototyping efforts. Result highlights include the following: 1. People keep web information in many, many different ways. 2. Even so, people often elect to re-find web information via methods that require little or no “keeping” forethought (using auto-complete, for example) 3. The diversity of keeping methods is associated with a diversity of information types (email, e-documents, web references, paper documents, etc.), each of which has its own distinct organizational structures, conventions, and supporting tools. This diversity, and the fragmentation of information it promotes, looms large as a serious and growing problem of PIM. Implications for the future of PIM and supporting tools will be discussed.


William Jones manages the Keeping Found Things Found (KFTF) project (http://kftf.ischool.washington.edu/) in collaboration with Harry Bruce. Dr. Jones earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University for his investigations into human memory. He has published basic research in cognitive psychology as well as more applied research into information retrieval and human/computer interaction. His research includes explorations into the application of human memory research to the design of information retrieval systems (nearly 20 years ago) as well as the uses of “pictures of relevance” to provide visual expression to underlying properties of vector-based measures of similarity. More recently, Dr. Jones served as a program manager at the Microsoft Corporation, where he was involved in the production of information retrieval-related features for both Microsoft Office and MSN Search. Prior to his work at Microsoft, Dr. Jones led an effort at Boeing to create an information repository for flight deck problems and design rationale.

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