Here, There, Everywhere: Dealing with a Digital Rat’s Nest

As someone whose organization is chaotic, Ofer Bergeman and Steve Whittaker’s book, The Science of Managing our Digital Stuff appealed to me as a way to learn how to tame a scattered library of digital information across different applications, computers, and cloud file systems. What I expected was a self-help-esque guide to getting organized and being productive. What I got was much better. Bergeman and Whittaker dive deep into the science behind behaviors concerning saving, retrieving, and using saved data; giving valuable insight to both creators and users of software.

Keeping Things

Why are keeping decisions so difficult? One reason is that they require us to predict the future. To decide what to keep, we have to determine the probable future value of an information item (Bruce 2005). page 35