Three CHI 2016 Papers

Really delighted to announce that all three of the projects I’ve been working on in the past year will make it as full papers to CHI 2016! All are about the experience of a data-driven life in different contexts.

“It’s just my history isn’t it?”: Understanding Smart Journaling Practices.  Chris Elsden, Abigail C. Durrant, David S. Kirk.

The first comes from our work on diary-keeping and smart journals. From in-depth interviews, the paper reports on the highly diverse practices and motivations for keeping a record of one’s life, and considers the particular affordances of journals which melange all manner of media and data.

Metadating: Exploring the Romance of Personal Data. Chris Elsden, Bettina Nissen, Andrew Garbett, David Chatting, David S. Kirk, John Vines.

The second reports on the Metadating project – a speed dating event to speculate about how people would date with data, representing themselves and judging others. We use this unique and rich social context to propose a recalibration and design of data services for living with and sharing.

ResViz: Politcs and Design Issues in Visualizing Academic Metrics. Chris Elsden, Sebastian Mellor, Patrick Olivier, Pete Wheldon, David S. Kirk, Rob Comber.

The third describes ResViz, a visualization which makes a set of academic metrics public. The work raises a lot of politics, and design issues, in the way that ResViz can be a means to disrupt and challenge existing modes of management, and yet at the same time, may be seen to promote a culture of metrics. Following interviews with academics and key stakeholders in the University, we reveal a rich design space, with numerous tensions at play.


I’ll make these available and write more on them in the new year, but thanks go out to my co-authors and the reviewers who’ve supported the work so far!