Personal Information Management — PIM 2016

Call for Participation (submission deadline has passed)

CHI 2016 Workshop on Personal Information Management (PIM 2016):

For Richer, for Poorer, in Sickness or in Health...The Long-Term Management of Personal Information

A two-day workshop at CHI 2016, San Jose, CA, USA the 7th and 8th of May 2016




Submissions should be made through EasyChair


In this 7th in a series of workshops on personal information management (PIM), focus is on the long-term management of personal information. (For links to past PIM workshops see

People are amassing large stores of personal information (PI). Others are amassing large stores of information about people as well. (For the several senses in which information can be personal, see the full workshop proposal: These stores present rich opportunities for analysis and use in matters of wealth, health, living and legacy. But these stores also bring with them new challenges for managing information across long periods of time. We expect the workshop to attract a range of people doing research related to PIM, HCI, personal digital archiving, personal informatics, aging, and the design of informational spaces for later life.

We invite 2 to 4 page position statements relating to any or all of the following workshop themes:

1. Managing personal information (PI) for longer periods of time. What happens to PI including data logs, complex profiles, and preferences, as it accumulates over time? How can we help people anticipate the future value of PI in order to preserve and use PI to best effect? How can massively distributed PI (across diverse personal devices and throughout the cloud) be stored and managed (without unduly taxing its owner) to ensure its long-term accessibility and continued utility? How should privacy and security be supported over heterogeneous forms of information-e.g. personal photos, biosensor data, financial statements, musical playlists, and medical information? How best to evaluate the scalability and long-term consequences of different schemes for maintaining and organizing personal information? Can these "flex" to meet a person's changing needs and circumstances? To what extent can curatorial chores can be automated? How might emerging, decentralized information architectures help? Relating to personal informatics, how might various "quantified self" measures be combined with more conventional forms of information (photos, emails, financial transactions, etc.) to provide an understanding of long-term trends relating health, wealth and overall well-being?

2. Managing for later life. In what novel ways can a lifetime of accumulating PI support the lives we wish to lead? How can uses of PI and 'digital memories' be informed and guided by cognitive science research? How, in particular, can we support prospective memory and planning? Can personal information help compensate for age-related declines in cognitive ability, while leveraging the strengths (e.g., increased crystalized intelligence) that accompany the normal aging process? How can PI (and information tools and channels) help to preserve a healthy engagement with the world as people grow older?

3. Managing for legacy. How can legacy PI be passed on to family and friends or to cultural heritage institutions? Can PI be targeted to those it is intended for? What can be done to ensure its continued intelligibility and preserve its meaning? How can people control what happens to their information after they are no longer around?


Those invited to participate in the workshop are then asked to do the following: