Beyond Personal Informatics

Designing for Experiences with Data

Updated Papers and Schedule

With less than a month to go we’re really excited for our upcoming CHI workshop. The 16 accepted papers are now available here. We’ll be using this page to post news, updates and useful links in the run up to the workshop. A schedule is now also updated here.

Call for Participation

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2015 annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, held in Seoul (South Korea) between the 18th and 23rd of April.

Key dates

  • Submission by (*Final Extension*): Jan 23rd 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: by Feb 6th 2015
  • Workshop day: April 18th

A ‘data-driven life’ – the subject of five previous CHI workshops about self-tracking, personal informatics (PI), and the ‘Quantified Self’ – appears increasingly possible and popular. While these workshops have undoubtedly moved the field forward, we argue we should now develop a more critical understanding of the experience of living with, and by, data – rather than focusing only on the utility and efficiency of these technologies for behaviour change or health management.
We propose a workshop that looks beyond personal informatics, broadening and remapping a design space to consider the situated experience of a data-driven life. The workshop will be interactive and future-focused, seeking to critically challenge existing narratives and identify new design opportunities. How does PI become a social concern? How does the value of data evolve over many years? How can a ‘Quantified Self’ be represented besides graphs and numbers?
We invite participants from a range of backgrounds and practices to submit position papers, which may include, but are not limited to:

• Critical reflections on the design of PI
• Case studies of existing experiences with PI
• Design or deployment of bespoke PI systems
• Speculative scenarios or design fictions including PI

Submissions should be of 4-6 pages in Extended Abstract format. However, we are flexible with regards to how you use this space, and for example would welcome submissions in the pictorial format introduced at DIS 2014 if this better suits your submission. These should be sent to c(dot)r(dot)elsden(at)ncl(dot)ac(dot)uk. The organising committee will review these, with particular attention to how they extend current thinking on personal informatics.

At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference. For approximate pricing, see CHI 2014 rates.