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Title: How users organize electronic files on their workstations in the office environment : a preliminary study of personal information organization behaviour
Authors: Khoo, Christopher S. G.
Luyt, Brendan
Ee, Caroline
Osman, Jamila
Lim, Hui-Hui
Yong, Sally
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Khoo, C. S. G., Luyt, B., Ee, C., Osman, J., Lim, H. & Yong, S. (2007). How users organize electronic files on their workstations in the office environment : a preliminary study of personal information organization behaviour. Information Research, 11(2), Paper 293-.
Journal: Information Research
Abstract: Introduction. We report an ongoing study of how people organize their computer files/folders on the hard disk of their office workstations, and discuss the questions being investigated as well as the results of a small survey with twelve subjects. Method. A questionnaire was used to collect information on the subjects, their work responsibilities and characteristics of their workstations. Data on file and folder names and file structure were extracted from the hard disk using a computer program STG FolderPrint Plus, DOS command and screen capture. A semi-structured interview collected information on subjects' strategies in naming and organizing files and folders, and in locating and retrieving files. Analysis. The data were analysed mainly through qualitative analysis and content analysis. Results. The subjects organized their folders in a variety of structures, from broad and shallow to narrow and deep hierarchies. One to three levels of folders is common. The labels for first level folders tended to be task-based or project-based. Most subjects located files by browsing the folder structure, with searching used as a last resort. The most common types of folder names were document type, organizational function/structure, and miscellaneous/temporary. The frequency of folders of different types appear related to the type of occupation.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/147565
ISSN: -
Rights: © 2006 The Authors (published by University of Borås). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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