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Storage trends have brought us to the point where it is affordable to keep a complete digital record of one's life, and capture methods are multiplying. To experiment with a lifetime store, we are digitizing everything possible from Gordon Bell's life. The MyLifeBits system is designed to store and manage a lifetime's worth of data. MyLifeBits enables the(More)
User authored stories will always be the best stories, and authoring tools will continue to be developed. However, a digital lifetime capture permits storytelling via a lightweight markup structure, combined with location, sensor and usage data. In this paper we describe support in the MyLifeBits system for such an approach, along with some simple authoring(More)
MyLifeBits is a project to fulfill the Memex vision first posited by Vannevar Bush in 1945. It is a system for storing all of one's digital media, including documents, images, sounds, and videos. It is built on four principles: (1) collections and search must replace hierarchy for organization (2) many visualizations should be supported (3) annotations are(More)
Passive capture lets people record their experiences without having to operate recording equipment, and without even having to give recording conscious thought. The advantages are increased capture, and improved participation in the event itself. However, passive capture also presents many new challenges. One key challenge is how to deal with the increased(More)
This paper presents a number of new techniques for parallelizing geo-spatial database systems and discusses their implementation in the Paradise object-relational database system. The effectiveness of these techniques is demonstrated using a variety of complex geo-spatial queries over a 120 GB global geo-spatial data set.
Storage trends have brought us to the point where it is affordable to keep a complete digital record of one's life. The MyLifeBits system is designed to store and manage a lifetime's worth of data. To experiment with a lifetime store, we have digitized everything possible from Gordon Bell's life. These are added to his existing digital assets. We also(More)
Location information can be used as an additional metadata to time in order to organize photos. Moreover, we believe location information derived from GPS tracks may be useful to look at and visualize for certain tasks. In this paper, we explore ways to organize images and location information, visualize them, and provide interactive operations such as(More)
Within five years, our personal computers with terabyte disk drives will be able to store everything we read, write, hear, and many of the images we see including video. Vannevar Bush outlined such a system in his famous 1945 Memex article [1]. For the last four years we have worked on MyLifeBits www.MyLifeBits.com http://www.MyLifeBits.com, a system to(More)