Personal Information Management: PIM 2009

Personal information intersections: What happens when PIM spaces overlap?
ASIS&T 2009 Workshop, November 7-8, 2009, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Call for Participation

Personal Information Management (PIM) Workshop 2009

November 7-8, 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia
Theme: "Personal information intersections: What happens when PIM spaces overlap?"

The 5th International Workshop on Personal Information Management (PIM) will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology. PIM has been defined as "the practice and the study of the activities a person performs in order to acquire or create, store, organize, maintain, retrieve, use and distribute the information needed to meet life's many goals and to fulfill life's many roles and responsibilities." PIM is an interdisciplinary field of study, attracting researchers from such diverse disciplines as information science, cognitive psychology, computer science, human computer interaction, and records management. While technological developments have provided powerful tools for PIM access and support, there are problems which these technologies have magnified, including increasing volume of communication, 24/7 connectivity, and variety of format.

The theme for our workshop is "Personal information intersections." We have discovered through previous workshops that the messy area where different information spaces must interact pose particular challenges for PIM. The workshop theme embraces such subtopics as group information management, information spaces that serve multiple users (at home, at work, at play), information spaces that serve an individual's multiple roles, task management, privacy and security, organizational strategies and policies, social and psychological aspects of sharing work space, and defining and negotiating boundaries.

We invite submissions related to the theme in the following categories:

  • Contributed papers (research or theoretical papes): 8,000 words maximum (8 pages)
  • Short, poster-length position papers: 1,000 - 2,000 words (2-4 pages)
  • Demos (submission should be a short paper to be reviewed): 1,000 - 2,000 words (2-4 pages)
We suggest using the ACM publications template for formatting.

Papers should be submitted to: no later than midnight Pacific Daylight Time on June 15, 2009. Submissions will be peer reviewed and participants will be notified of acceptance by August 7, 2009.

For more information, please consult the PIM Workshop Web site at or contact the organizers directly if you have questions or want to volunteer.


  • Deborah Barreau (,
  • Jaime Teevan (,
  • Jacek Gwizdka (

Organizing Team:

  • Rob Capra
  • David Elsweiler
  • Kirstie Hawkey
  • William Jones
  • Manuel Perez-Quinones
  • Manas Tungare