Take part in our research into personal information management at work

In our research into better ways of managing information, we are looking for volunteers to help us with a study into how people manage their "digital stuff" such as emails, documents, reference materials, music and photographs. To take part, you will need to be over 18 and a regular user of software such as email, office documents and the web.

If you choose to take part, we'll ask you about your individual approach to managing and retrieving this information in your work. We'll also ask how you feel about these tasks, how your work is structured, and about your personality and attitude to getting things done. Most of the questions can be answered with a single click and without too much thinking - most people get it done in around 30-40 minutes. You can also save your answers part way through and continue later.

Your answers will be anonymous and we will only report results that have been aggregated across everyone who has completed the survey - and after removing any data that might identify individuals and organisations. We intend to make these anonymised aggregated results available to other researchers as a dataset.

To say thank you, we will offer to send you a personalised visualisation that shows graphically how your information management strategies compare to those of other people.

If you are able to help, please answer our questions online. You can also contact the research team at pimresearch@contacts.bham.ac.uk for more information.

 ResearchingHow you organise your personal information
 ParticipantsOver 18
User of email, office documents and the web
 Time needed30-45 minutes
 PrivacySecure, anonymous, aggregated
 RewardA personalised visualisation of
your information management style
 HintsSave as you go to avoid timeouts

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