Socio-technical lifelogging: deriving design principles for a future proof digital past

WHITTAKER, Steve, KALNIKAITE, Vaiva, PETRELLI, Daniela, SELLEN, Abigail, VILLAR, Nicolas, BERGMAN, Ofer, CLOUGH, Paul and BROCKMEIER, Jens (2012). Socio-technical lifelogging: deriving design principles for a future proof digital past. Human-Computer Interaction, 27 (1-2), 37-62.

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Lifelogging is a technically inspired approach that attempts to address the problem of human forgetting by developing systems that ‘record everything’. Uptake of lifelogging systems has generally been disappointing, however. One reason for this lack of uptake is the absence of design principles for developing digital systems to support memory. Synthesising multiple studies, we identify and evaluate 4 new empirically motivated design principles for lifelogging: Selectivity, Embodiment, Synergy and Reminiscence. We first summarise 4 empirical studies that motivate the principles, then describe the evaluation of 4 novel systems built to embody these principles. The design principles were generative, leading to the development of new classes of lifelogging system, as well as providing strategic guidance about how those systems should be built. Evaluations suggest support for Selection and Embodiment principles, but more conceptual and technical work is needed to refine the Synergy and Reminiscence principles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published as part of the special issue on Designing for personal memories: past, present, and future.
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/07370024.2012.656071
Depositing User: Daniela Petrelli
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 15:14
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 22:33

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