Our lives are increasingly suffused with data, and a ‘data-driven life’ is frequently presented as an aspiration and panacea. In this talk, I will present three recent projects which aim to expand how we think and talk about the role of data in our lives. In particular, I’ll argue that designing for ‘lived informatics’ (Rooskby et al., 2014) should not only recognize that self-tracking takes place over a range of lived activities; it should also question what aspects of lived experience personal informatics can really address, and the implications of a data-driven life for how we experience the world.
I’ll talk first about my fieldwork of a ‘quantified past’ – speaking to long-term users of personal informatics tools and journaling apps. I’ll then introduce the Metadating project where we invited participants to ‘date with data’, as a means to understand the talk and social life of data.
You can find out more about Chris, his research and pre-prints of upcoming CHI publications at his website: elsden.me