Humans are ideally suited to interaction with physical information artifacts. These capabilities should be supported by computing systems, and users should be able to move seamlessly between interacting with virtual artifacts and equivalent physical artifacts. Unfortunately, existing computing systems are centered almost solely around virtual information interaction, with interaction metaphors developed sepcifically for computing systems. It is important that future computing systems evolve to properly support data mobility between physical and virtual domains, and as a result, natural human interactions. We perform a survey of existing research relevant to data mobility, identify key problems which need addressing, and speculate on future research that may help alleviate the problems identified.
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