MyLifeBits: A Lifetime Storage System

Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - 17:30
TH 331
Jim Gemmell Microsoft Bay Area Research Center

MyLifeBits is a lifetime store of everything. It is the fulfillment of Vannevar Bush's 1945 Memex vision including full-text search, text & audio annotations, and hyperlinks

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 continue to add new digital capture such as web pages, telephone, radio and television.

In this talk I will explain the key requirements of a lifetime store. I
will show how typed links and database features are keys to the usefulness of such a system


Jim Gemmell is a researcher in the Microsoft Research Media Presence Group at the Bay Area Research Center (BARC) in San Francisco. His research interests include personal media management, telepresence, and reliable multicast. He received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University and his M. Math from the University of Waterloo. He produced the on-line version of the ACM 97 conference and is a co-author of the PGM reliable multicast RFC. Dr. Gemmell serves on the editorial advisory board of Computer Communications.