In the WikiFolders project, I examined the information organization metaphors embodied in the design of file browsers in light of the presentation-oriented model widely used on the Web. This research explored how the metaphor of embedding collections of digital artifacts (via hyperlinks, on the Web) within multimedia documents that describe and annotate them could be used as a personal information organization tool. WikiFolders demonstrates one way that the existing file browsing metaphor might be augmented, allowing individuals to attach personally meaningful metadata to files within the constraints of a well-established interface paradigm.

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Natural Sciences Engineering and Research Council of Canada Alberta Informatics Core of Research Excellence SMART Technologies NSERC's NECTAR Strategic Networks Grants Program