Wednesday morning Katrina, Michael, Greg and I presented our paper, “Note to Self: Examining Personal Information Keeping in a Lightweight Note-Taking Tool”, to a packed room at noon in the “Personal and Public Information” track at CHI2009 . This paper describes our first study that we conducted with our List.it note taking tool in September 2007. Michael and Katrina filmed a quick “teaser” (no sound) which summarizes our talk in 25 seconds below.
We received lots of positive feedback after the talk, and received a number of questions and suggestions. We wished to briefly re-address them here in case others were also wondering:
- Can I try it? Yes, find it here: List.it – a Quick note taking tool for Firefox
- Is the source code available? Yes, via our List.it Google Code Respository
- Can I use it to run my own study on note taking? Yes, that’s a major reason why we’re releasing the source under an MIT license. We have not yet released our server code because it’s being cleaned up and refactored; expect this soon.
- Are you releasing a notes corpus to the public for PIM research use? We hope to, eventually. We believe that a corpus of notes-to-self will help us to develop smarter tools. But, we are currently trying to figure out how to help users who volunteer to share their notes to easily scrub note contents to prevent the release of sensitive info, and yet to retain enough of the original characteristics of the notes so as to be useful for research. We will keep you updated.
- Are there plans to produce a mobile (iPhone/Android/Symbian) version? Yes. We have one new student who has joined the project to build a mobile list.it. In the meantime we recommend the following alternatives: Evernote for iPhone and AK Notepad for Android.
- Are you planning on adding feature X? Please see our Google code Feature Request List.
Once again, we are looking for contributors who are interested in making list.it more useful and have some coding experience. Also we are always looking for your comments, opinions and insight about features that would make list.it more useful. Join our Google Group if you are interested in contributing your insight and/or code.