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Pub. period:2003-2011
Pub. count:13
Number of co-authors:20



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Harry Bruce:3
Susan Dumais:2
Jaime Teevan:2

 

 

Productive colleagues

William Jones's 3 most productive colleagues in number of publications:

Susan Dumais:74
Benjamin B. Beders..:70
Catherine C. Marsh..:55
 
 
 
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2011
 
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Jones, William and Anderson, Kenneth M. (2011): Many views, many modes, many tools & one structure. In: Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia 2011. pp. 113-122.

People yearn for more integration of their information. But tools meant to help often do the opposite-pulling people and their information in different directions. Fragmentation is potentially worsened as personal information moves onto the Web and into a myriad of special-purpose, mobile-enabled applications. How can tool developers innovate "non-disruptively" in ways that do not force people to re-organize or re-locate their information? This paper makes two arguments: 1. An integration of personal information is not likely to happen through some new release of a desktop operating system or via a Web-based "super tool." 2. Instead, integration is best supported through the development of a standards-based infrastructure that makes provision for the shared manipulation of common structure by any number of tools, each in its own way. To illustrate this approach, the paper describes an XML-based schema, considerations in its design and its current use in three separate tools. The schema in its design and use builds on the lessons learned by the open hypermedia and structural computing communities while moving forward with new techniques that address some of the changes introduced by the evolution of the term "application" to move beyond desktop apps to mobile apps, cloud-based apps and various hybrid architectures.

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Jones, William (2011): XooML: XML in support of many tools working on a single organization of personal information. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 478-488.

XooML takes a step towards addressing a basic tension in the development of supporting tools of Personal Information Management (PIM) and, more generally, in the development of computer-based tools for end users: How to innovate without forcing people to re-organize or re-locate their information? Seven considerations in the design of a XooML schema follow from experiences in the iterative evaluation and development of a Planz prototype. Considerations take aim on a vision of PIM: One integrative structure for the organization of personal information; many tools in support of this structure, its creation and its life-long elaborative use.

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Jones, William, Hou, Dawei, Sethanandha, Bhuricha Deen, Bi, Sheng and Gemmell, Jim (2010): Planz to put our digital information in its place. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2010. pp. 2803-2812.

Planz provides a single, integrative document-like overlay to a folder hierarchy through the dynamic, on-demand assembly of XML fragments. This overlay provides a context in which to create or reference not only files but also email messages, web pages and informal notes. This paper describes an evaluation of Planz over a period of several days during which participants compared their experiences on two projects -- one involving "status quo" methods, a second project involving Planz. Also discussed is an architecture that extends on the front-end to provide additional overlays and on the back-end in support of additional information stores. Work on Planz is guided by a vision of "structural integrity": Many tools, many modes of interaction applied to a common structure for the organization of and access to personal information.

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Jones, William, Klasnja, Predrag, Civan, Andrea and Adcock, Michael L. (2008): The personal project planner: planning to organize personal information. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 5-10, 2008. pp. 681-684.

Prototyping and evaluation combine to explore ways that an effective, integrative organization of project-related information might emerge as a by-product of a person's efforts to plan a project. The Personal Project Planner works as an extension to the file manager -- providing people with rich-text overlays to their information. Document-like project plans provide a context in which to create or reference documents, email messages, web pages, etc. that are needed to complete the plan. The user can later locate an information item such as an email message with reference to the plan (e.g., as an alternative to searching through the inbox or sent mail). Results of an interim evaluation of the Planner are very promising and suggest special directions of focus for limited available prototyping resources.

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Teevan, Jaime and Jones, William (2008): The disappearing desktop: PIM 2008. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 5-10, 2008. pp. 3917-3920.

In an ideal world, we would always have the right information, in the right form, with the right context, right when we needed it. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world. This workshop looks at how people in the real world manage to process massive amounts of information, and discusses how tools can bring real information interactions closer to the ideal.

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Barreau, Deborah, Capra, Robert, Dumais, Susan, Jones, William and Perez-Quinones, Manuel (2008): Introduction to keeping, refinding and sharing personal information. In ACM Transactions on Information Systems, 26 (4) p. 18.

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Jones, William, Bruce, Harry and Foxley, Austin (2006): Project contexts to situate personal information. In: Proceedings of the 29th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval 2006. p. 729.

The Personal Project Planner prototype works as an extension to the file manager to provide people with rich-text overlays to their information (folders, files and also email, web pages, notes). Rich-text, document-like project plans can be created which then provide a context in which to create or reference the email messages, electronic documents, web pages, etc. that are needed to complete the plan. The user can later locate an information item such as an email message with reference to the plan (e.g., as an alternative to a mostly context-free search through the inbox or sent mail). The Planner explores a possibility that an effective organization of project-related information can emerge as a natural by-product of efforts to plan and structure the project.

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Karger, David R. and Jones, William (2006): Data unification in personal information management. In Communications of the ACM, 49 (1) pp. 77-82.

 
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Marshall, Catherine C. and Jones, William (2006): Keeping encountered information. In Communications of the ACM, 49 (1) pp. 66-67.

 
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Teevan, Jaime, Jones, William and Bederson, Benjamin B. (2006): Introduction. In Communications of the ACM, 49 (1) pp. 40-43.

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Jones, William, Phuwanartnurak, Ammy Jiranida, Gill, Rajdeep and Bruce, Harry (2005): Don't take my folders away!: organizing personal information to get things done. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2005. pp. 1505-1508.

A study explores the way people organize information in support of projects ("teach a course", "plan a wedding", etc.). The folder structures to organize project information - especially electronic documents and other files - frequently resembled a "divide and conquer" problem decomposition with subfolders corresponding to major components (subprojects) of the project. Folders were clearly more than simply a means to one end: Organizing for later retrieval. Folders were information in their own right - representing, for example, a person's evolving understanding of a project and its components. Unfortunately, folders are often "overloaded" with information. For example, folders sometimes included leading characters to force an ordering ("aa", "zz"). And folder hierarchies frequently reflected a tension between organizing information for current use vs. repeated re-use.

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2004
 
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Jones, William (2004): Finders, keepers? The present and future perfect in support of personal information management. In First Monday, 9 (3) .

2003
 
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Jones, William, Bruce, Harry and Dumais, Susan (2003): How Do People Get Back to Information on the Web? How Can They Do It Better?. In: Proceedings of IFIP INTERACT03: Human-Computer Interaction 2003, Zurich, Switzerland. p. 793.

 
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Publication statistics

Pub. period:2003-2011
Pub. count:13
Number of co-authors:20



Co-authors

Number of publications with 3 favourite co-authors:

Harry Bruce:3
Susan Dumais:2
Jaime Teevan:2

 

 

Productive colleagues

William Jones's 3 most productive colleagues in number of publications:

Susan Dumais:74
Benjamin B. Beders..:70
Catherine C. Marsh..:55
 
 
 
Jul 13

A general principle for all user interface design is to go through all of your design elements and remove them one at a time. If the design works as well without a certain design element, kill it.

-- Jakob Nielsen, Designing Web Usability, p. 22.

 
 

Featured chapter

Marc Hassenzahl explains the fascinating concept of User Experience and Experience Design. Commentaries by Don Norman, Eric Reiss, Mark Blythe, and Whitney Hess

User Experience and Experience Design !

 
 

Our Latest Books

Kumar and Herger 2013: Gamification at Work: Designing Engaging Business Software...
by Janaki Mythily Kumar and Mario Herger

 
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Whitworth and Ahmad 2013: The Social Design of Technical Systems: Building technologies for communities...
by Brian Whitworth and Adnan Ahmad

 
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Soegaard and Dam 2013: The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed....
by Mads Soegaard and Rikke Friis Dam

 
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