The Previous PKM Workshop

At the first workshop on Personal Knowledge Management that was held as part of the Knowledge Management Conference KM2009 in Solothurn, it was discovered that in fact scholars from domains as diverse as economics, knowledge management, computer science, HCI, psychology, library- and information science are working in similar problem spaces, but are using different methods, terminology, literature etc. and are mostly working without knowledge of the other communities. The workshop’s main achievement was to establish that these different groups are facing the same challenges and to acknowledge that the approaches taken and results achieved by the various communities are beneficial to the other groups. At PKM2009 the following core issues came to attention:
  • Media: digital vs. paper-based methods
  • Scope: personal perspective vs. management towards group
  • Philosophy: Is it possible to manage knowledge by means of information technology and how can this be best achieved?
  • Evaluation: How can the performance of PKM methods be measured, both scientifically and economically?

Involving the HCI Community

While last year the breadth and importance of the field became apparent, and many technological tools and approaches were discussed, only little progress could be made towards concrete results and conclusions. It became evident that especially a human factors perspective would be valuable to progressing the field, as it expressly addresses the interrelation between technology and human behaviour.

The aim of this follow-up workshop is to bring together a broad range of researchers from all of the above fields with the goal of fostering collaborations and addressing the challenges faced when studying and supporting the management of personal knowledge, information and data. The intention is to increase awareness of the work that is being done in the other communities and to establish a means to bridge the gaps caused by different approaches and literature in the different research domains.

To achieve this we will explicitly encourage presentation and participation from both German- and international -based researchers in the fields of human-computer interaction, computer science, psychology, business and economics, knowledge management, information retrieval, library and information science and any other related area. To that end, our interdisciplinary group of co-chairs, who have backgrounds and contacts in these fields, has assembled a broad -but nevertheless high quality - program committee from the communities outlined above.