Understanding Pims: Personal Information Management Systems

Mark Gregory, Irena Descubes


This present study aims to discover how “better” to manage personal information – both in what William Jones calls KFTF, keeping found things found (Jones 2007); and how “better” to get things done GTD (Allen 2003). Based on observation of various mechanisms used to support the personal knowledge management of knowledge workers, it identifies PIMS with the Individual Information Systems IIS of (Baskerville 2011) and the User Generated Information Systems UGIS of (DesAutels 2011). It suggests that PIMS / IIS / UGIS are only useful insofar as they enable properly informed initial action, action to correct errors, and reflective learning.

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