#Interact2015 presentation of the paper "I agree: the effects of embedding terms of service key points in online user registration form"

Paper: "Towards understanding short-term personal information preservation: a study of backup strategies of end users"

Matjaž Kljun, John Mariani, Alan Dix
Towards understanding short-term personal information preservation: a study of backup strategies of end users Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). Wiley. Article first published online 15 June 2015
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The segment of companies providing storage services and hardware for end users and small businesses has been growing in the past few years. Cloud storage, personal network-attached storage (NAS) and external hard drives are more affordable as ever before and one would think that backing up personal digital information is a straight forward process nowadays. Despite this, small group studies and corporate surveys show the opposite. In this paper we present the results from a quantitative and qualitative survey of 319 participants about how they backup their personal computers and restore personal information in case of computer failures. The results show that the majority of users do manual, selective and non-continuous backups, rely on a set of planned and unplanned backups (as a consequence of other activities), have inadequate knowledge about possible solutions and implications of using known solutions, etc. The study also revealed that around a fifth of all computers are not backed up, and a quarter of most important files and a third of most important folders at the time of the survey could not be (fully) restored in the event of computer failure. Based on results several implications for practice and research are presented.


What exactly is Augmented reality?

A talk @ WARM:
Claus Degendorfer (​CodeFlügel): ​Practical Market Applications for Augmented Reality

Paper: Transference of PIM Research Prototype Concepts to the Mainstream: Successes or Failures

Finally out in the printed version of Interacting with Computers.

Authors: Matjaž Kljun, John Mariani, Alan Dix

Cite: (Bibtex, Endnote (RIS))

Matjaž Kljun, John Mariani1 and Alan Dix. Transference of PIM Research Prototype Concepts to the Mainstream: Successes or Failures. Interacting with Computer 27 (2): 73-98. doi: 10.1093/iwc/iwt059

Read it: link to IoW


Personal Information Management (PIM) refers to the practice and the study of how people acquire, organize, maintain, retrieve, archive and discard information for various reasons in physical and digital worlds. Many PIM tools are available for managing information on our desktop computers while many research prototypes have tried to augment or replace them. The development of these tools was based on knowledge drawn from the fields of psychology, human–computer interaction, information retrieval, knowledge management and research in the PIM field. Different metaphors and ways of organizing were introduced. However, the prevailing beliefs are that most of these prototypes were not extensively tested and that the radical design (not addressing real-world issues) and quick abandonment of prototypes prevented transfer to mainstream products. This paper looks at what has been developed and learnt, what has been transferred to mainstream applications, discusses the possible reasons behind these trends and challenges some parts of the above-mentioned beliefs.

SuperSorter: Chrome extension that sorts your bookmarks

It has been shown in numerous studies that web bookmarks quickly accumulate and grow out of proportions. Maybe you are even one of those (like me) that gave up bookmarking all together. Now there is a Chrome extension that comes to help - SuperSorter. From the description:

With one click of its button, SuperSorter sorts all of your bookmarks, in all your folders, into alphabetical order. It sorts folders too and if you like it will put the folders at the top of the list above the bookmarks (like in most other browsers).

SuperSorter also deletes empty bookmark folders, deletes duplicate bookmarks in the same folder and merges neighbouring folders with the same name. SuperSorter can also sort bookmarks automatically every few minutes, making it even easier to keep everything tidy.

I just wonder how much of familiarity (if there is such a thing with hundreds to thousands of bookmarks) is lost when the whole bookmark hierarchy gets overhauled. Maybe it just gets more manageable. Based on 329 (as of October 2014) people that liked the extension it must be helpful.