XooML

XooML. (Pronounced "zoom'l"). Cross (X)-tool Mark-up Language.

Essentially, a XooML-compliant fragment (or, simply, a XooML fragment) is a bundling of attributes. Some bundles apply to the fragment as a whole; some bundles apply to individual associations. Bundles at each level can be held in common (cross-tool) or tool specific. Work on XooML and a XooML-based middleware layer are 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. XooML-based tools include Planz, QuickCapture, Everyday Gantt Chart and a wrapper for use with the Free Mind "mind-mapping" tool.

Structure

Structuring personal information in a world where everything can be saved

Study focusing on the management and organization of personal information around projects — activities that span days or months and involve the coordination of information from multiple sources. When asked to design their ideal system for organizing and managing their information, participants most commonly cite the need for greater integration of their information. Participants also often describe the need for a system with human qualities - an intelligent automated "helper" that would "magically" solve the challenges they face with the management of a personal information collection.

Planner

Planz™ prototype

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. 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.

Tales of PIM

Tales of PIM forum

Tales of PIM provides a forum for the discussion of PIM as a study and a practice. People can exchange their thoughts and experiences in several areas including “Problems and Solutions”, “Tools and Tricks” and “News and Announcements”. The forum also serves as research tool by providing a repository of first-hand PIM experiences.

Past projects

Metaphor

Making information mine: ”Placing” vs. “tagging” as models for structuring personal information collections

How do people need to manage information over time to make it “theirs”. How do people need to shape and structure their information so that it works in support of the things they want to do? This study specifically compared two basic models of information organization: Organizing information items by placing them into folders or tagging these items with labels.

Study1

Keeping Found Things Found on the Web: How do users get back to relevant Web pages?
Study 1: Keeping new information for later use.

People are observed to use a wide range of methods for keeping Web information as they try to anticipate not only whether an item will be needed later but also the circumstances of later use (time, place, form, device, etc.).

Study2

Keeping Found Things Found on the Web: How do users get back to relevant Web pages?
Study 2: Re-finding and effectively using information.

A delayed cued recall task tested the ability of participants to re-access web sites previously visited from three to six months prior.

Study3

Keeping Found Things Found on the Web: How do users get back to relevant Web pages?
Study 3: Maintaining and organizing personal information collections.

Tours of participants' personal information collections show that the organization of information serves a multitude of purposes besides returning to information.