- Personal Information Management
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Cognitive Science
At the iSchool, I manage the Keeping Found Things Found project (in collaboration with Dr. Harry Bruce;
see also http://pim.ischool.washington.edu/). I received my doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University for research
in human memory over twenty years ago. I’ve published basic research in cognitive psychology as well as more applied
research in personal information management (PIM), information retrieval and human-computer interaction. For a while I
left research altogether to work with information management in the business world. I worked as a program manager at
Microsoft for nearly six years in the 90’s, where I was involved in the production of information management features
for both Microsoft Office and MSN Search. Before that, I worked as an internal consultant at Boeing, where I led an effort
to create an information repository for flight deck problems and design rationale. The most unusual patent in my name is
for “step indexing” of Japanese text
(embodied in a search facility that shipped in the Japanese version of Microsoft Office’97).
- Hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, grappling – none of which I do very regularly.
- Travel to far-away places such as Mongolia (in pictures). I’ve also been to Ladakh (also known as “Little Tibet”), Nepal and Pakistan.
- Sweden and learning Swedish. I speak well enough now to have long conversations in Swedish that make my head hurt.
- Pretensions to write non-academically – though only one short article has been published so far (http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0806/p18s02-hfes.html?entryBottomStory).
Complete List of Publications
- Jones, W. (in press). Personal Information Management. The Annual Review of Information Science and Technology.
- Jones, W. and Ross, B.(in press). Human Cognition and Personal Information Management. in Durso, F.T., Nickerson, R.S., Schvaneveldt, R.W., Dumais, S.T., Lindsay, D.S. and Chi, M.T.H. eds. Handbook of Applied Cognition, 2006.
- Jones, W., Munat, C & Bruce, H., (in press). The Universal Labeler: Plan the Project and Let Your Information Follow (accepted). in 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST 2005), (Charlotte, North Carolina, 2005), American Society for Information Science & Technology, TBD.
- Jones, W., Phuwanartnurak, A. J., Gill, R & Bruce, H., Don't Take My Folders Away! Organizing Personal Information to Get Things Done. Accepted for inclusion in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2005), (Portland, OR., 2005), ACM Press.
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