New Generation Computing

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 23–36 | Cite as

An information management system with the facility to support long-term creative thinking



Most previous creativity support systems sustain short-term temporal thinking that is separate from users’ daily activities. In this paper, we propose a system to support long-term idea-generation in daily life. The system consists of two subsystems: a management system for problems and ideas calledIdeaManager, and a personal information storage system callediBox. When information is registered in iBox, it searches related problems and ideas in IdeaManager and presents the results. Users then try to generate or enhance ideas for automatically retrieved problems or ideas using registered information as the hint. To evaluate and enhance our system, we carried out a six-week experiment. Based on the results, we give some proposals for future systems.


Creativity Support System Information Management System 


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  1. 1.RCASTThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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