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The effect of folder structure on personal file navigation

Ofer Bergman, Steve Whittaker, Mark Sanderson, Rafi Nachmias, Anand Ramamoorthy
2010 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
Finally, we used a predictive model to formulate the effect of folder depth and folder size on retrieval time, and suggested an optimization point in this trade-off. 3 Personal file navigation (navigation  ...  In contrast to previous research that focused on file structure alone, our study also quantitatively investigated file navigation retrieval in a natural setting, and examined the effect of structure on  ...  This research was partially funded by the European Union Marie Curie Grant, PERG-GA-2009-248997.  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.21415 fatcat:trn2mcofzrbj3kct7yahxljxwq

Mac Users Do It Differently: the Role of Operating System and Individual Differences in File Management

Jesse David Dinneen, Ilja Frissen
2020 Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  
Despite much discussion in HCI research about how individual differences likely determine computer users' personal information management (PIM) practices, the extent of the influence of several important  ...  We therefore analyse data from prior CHI work to explore (1) associations of people's file collections with personality and spatial ability, and (2) differences between collections managed with different  ...  Acknowledgements The authors thank the many participants for their time and effort, and Charles-Antoine Julien for his feedback.  ... 
doi:10.1145/3334480.3382944 dblp:conf/chi/DinneenF20 fatcat:rcb7chftcvb65psbgsttcwtasu

TagTree: Storing and Re-finding Files Using Tags [chapter]

Karl Voit, Keith Andrews, Wolfgang Slany
2011 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
Although desktop search engines are now widely available on the computers of typical users, navigation through folder hierarchies is still the dominant mode of information access.  ...  This paper describes TagTree, a new concept for storing and retrieving files and folders using tagging and automatically maintained navigational hierarchies.  ...  Instead of providing a special search interface, TagTree provides an alternative navigational folder structure based on user-supplied tags.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-25364-5_33 fatcat:oa22agff2vga3a5um7iomur32y


Wanyu Liu, Olivier Rioul, Joanna McGrenere, Wendy E. Mackay, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon
2018 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '18  
BIGFile provides interface shortcuts to assist the user in navigating to a desired target (file or folder).  ...  A pilot study of 15 users informed the design of BIGFile, revealing the size and structure of their file systems and their file retrieval practices.  ...  Paris-Saclay (ANR-11-IDEX-0003-02), by European Research Council (ERC) grants n°695464 "ONE: Unified Principles of Interaction", and n°321135 "CREATIV: Creating Co-Adaptive Human-Computer Partnerships"  ... 
doi:10.1145/3173574.3173959 dblp:conf/chi/LiuRMMB18 fatcat:zhfi4fbnafdd5my5kiqe7ypquy

The ubiquitous digital file: A review of file management research

Jesse David Dinneen, Charles‐Antoine Julien
2019 Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology  
Computer users spend time every day interacting with digital files and folders, including downloading, moving, naming, navigating to, searching for, sharing, and deleting them.  ...  Such file management has been the focus of many studies across various fields, but has not been explicitly acknowledged nor made the focus of dedicated review.  ...  Acknowledgements The authors thank Jamshid Beheshti, Rob Capra, Ilja Frissen, Ben Hanrahan, Maja Krtaliç, and Shane McIntyre for their comments on drafts of this manuscript.  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.24222 fatcat:lpsztpyczjhqddgmllr36ss7zq

Improving navigation-based file retrieval

Stephen Fitchett, Andy Cockburn, Carl Gutwin
2013 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '13  
Navigating through a file hierarchy is one of the most common methods for accessing files, yet it can be slow and repetitive.  ...  We introduce three interfaces that augment standard file browsers based on each of these goals: Icon Highlights give greater prominence to predicted items in the current folder; Hover Menus provide shortcuts  ...  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This research is supported by Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant 10-UOC-020, NSERC and the GRAND NCE.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2470654.2481323 dblp:conf/chi/FitchettCG13 fatcat:nv4zl2l6mrbmzdrrpuyqxlxrbu

A personal information management scheme using shared labels and implication links

Gaurav Dubey, Xiaolong Luke Zhang
2012 Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
The tree-based file management scheme is universally deployed as a personal information management approach; however, it has several weaknesses.  ...  We also present a mockup of a prototype application for browsing information repositories based on the new scheme.  ...  Clearly, the existence of some sort of navigable structure is useful. However, we have identified a number of problems with the tree-based approach.  ... 
doi:10.1002/meet.14504901082 fatcat:6xrz4mbvr5cwfjigywhabqjkde

Spatial interactive visualization on small screen

Tero Hakala, Juha Lehikoinen, Antti Aaltonen
2005 Proceedings of the 7th international conference on Human computer interaction with mobile devices & services - MobileHCI '05  
The amount of data stored in personal digital devices increases rapidly as their memory capacities increase.  ...  We focus on interactive visualization, with a document manager as a target application. We present the design factors and a simulated application running on a desktop computer.  ...  In our model, the navigation is not restricted by the folder structure, but the navigation occurs on spatial level.  ... 
doi:10.1145/1085777.1085800 dblp:conf/mhci/HakalaLA05 fatcat:flyp25s23regzcjsqh3yacrggm

The Function and Future of the Folder

Roger Whitham, Leon Cruickshank
2017 Interacting with computers  
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS • Folders are often considered an unwelcome legacy of physical information technologies. • Views of folder structures can offer valuable perspectives on personal information in themselves  ...  , independent of the content of the files they contain. • Folders can be strongly intertwined with the process of information work, both in the computer and in the mind of the worker. • Search and recency-based  ...  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The authors wish to acknowledge Prof. Alan Dix for the invaluable advice he gave on the design and development of this research.  ... 
doi:10.1093/iwc/iww042 fatcat:xfywnktplrbfvnzh7sg3hrfbze

Facet Tree for Personalized Web Documents Organization [chapter]

Róbert Móro, Mária Bieliková, Roman Burger
2014 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
We propose a method for web documents organization based on a facet view of the personal information structure.  ...  Vast amount information and resources in the digital libraries and in general on the Web demands effective methods of archiving and organization.  ...  This work was partially supported by the Scientific Grant Agency of the Slovak Republic, grant No. VG1/0675/11 and VG1/0971/11 and by the Slovak Research and Development Agency under the contract No.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-11749-2_28 fatcat:rxgnpoyvkfgjvkp6gqd2lkifye

An empirical study of long-term personal project information management

Klen Copic Pucihar, Matjaž Kljun, John Mariani, Alan John Dix
2016 Aslib Journal of Information Management  
We have conducted an in-depth qualitative investigation on information management of such projects and the tacit knowledge behind its processes that cannot be found in the organisational structures of  ...  project's information relationship to better understand the complexity of project information space support navigating in project information space on two axes: time and between projects (overlaps through  ...  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We thank the study volunteers for their participation and our Universities for support and sponsorship.  ... 
doi:10.1108/ajim-02-2016-0022 fatcat:ddkcjrqsvzdwpkp2abjg33lgey

Social navigation as a model for usable security

Paul DiGioia, Paul Dourish
2005 Proceedings of the 2005 symposium on Usable privacy and security - SOUPS '05  
Drawing on a previous study of security in the Kazaa peer to peer system, we present some examples of the ways in which social navigation can be incorporated in support of usable security.  ...  In this paper, we discuss the use of the social navigation paradigm as a way of organizing visual displays of system action.  ...  In this model, folders retain their use in the file-structure as containers of files and (optionally) other folders.  ... 
doi:10.1145/1073001.1073011 dblp:conf/soups/DiGioiaD05 fatcat:izh5alzbgzaelc47raethtshq4

Are episodic context features helpful for refinding tasks?

Yi Chen, Gareth J. F. Jones
2014 Proceedings of the 5th Information Interaction in Context Symposium on - IIiX '14  
as frequently as we expected, they did improve the effectiveness of the refinding tasks.  ...  We developed a "memory-friendly" system based on psychological theories to test the hypothesis through user studies requiring the subjects to find their personal data using this system.  ...  Hierarchical Navigation The system automatically generated two hierarchical structures of "folders" according to the time and location of events.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2637002.2637013 dblp:conf/iiix/0001J14 fatcat:tkkuiztwhrblfhs4yavlhitrlm

Personal Information Management [article]

William Jones and Jesse David Dinneen and Robert Capra and Anne R. Diekema and Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Meta-level activities such as maintaining, organizing, and managing the flow of information focus on the mapping itself.  ...  Personal Information Management (PIM) refers to the practice and the study of the activities a person performs in order to acquire or create, store, organize, maintain, retrieve, use, and distribute information  ...  Likewise, since people must initially place a file into a folder (unless they accept a "My Documents" default), navigation to the folder is a first choice of return to the file.  ... 
arXiv:2107.03291v1 fatcat:oori5dt4hne7hi7caitkc6ennm


Michael Nebeling, Matthias Geel, Oleksiy Syrotkin, Moira C. Norrie
2015 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '15  
A user study (N=16) with realistic folder exploration tasks shows that activity views have a significant effect on the accuracy and confidence of users in workspace awareness tasks, while shadow files  ...  These folder views are enhanced based on a new concept of shadow files which act as placeholders for files that have been moved or renamed.  ...  In the domain of personal file sharing, providing information on file provenance, i.e. on the history of ownership and operations performed on the file [8, 15] , is considered a key factor for improving  ... 
doi:10.1145/2702123.2702233 dblp:conf/chi/NebelingGSN15 fatcat:qvjnl5kg5rhcxmhnkh4ieltxmq
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