Creating new value from reflecting on the past
This theme examines the possibilities for amassing and interacting with diverse collections of data and media related to personal experience, and asks what will become of this all in the future. Rather than to assume that such collections will provide us all with a prosthetic memory, we wish to explore a much larger and richer set of human values that such personal archives might highlight. This includes the way people construct a new sense of the past, how we can use such materials to honour and commemorate others, how we might use these materials to reminisce, and even the consideration of the importance of forgetting. In so doing, this theme is not just about memory, but is also about notions of identity, expression, narrative, and reflection. We examine these topics not just from the point of view of technology, or indeed psychology. Here we take a more multidisciplinary approach incorporating design, sociology, and anthropology too. The ambition in this work is not just to more deeply understand what value people derive from looking back, but also to open up the design space to new kinds of technological possibilities.
- What kinds of value do people place on different kinds of personal data and why?
- Do these materials help us recollect the past, or do they help us reconstruct it or reflect on it in new ways?
- How can personal archives be designed to both augment and enrich our interaction with the past?
- How can archives be designed to allow us to orient ourselves toward the future?
- What kinds of tools will help people to more creatively engage with materials from their past?
- How can families or other social groups use these materials to construct new kinds of content?
- Can we create new technologies to alleviate some of the guilt families feel about not dealing with and managing growing collections of photos, videos and other family media?
- What is the importance of being able to forget some of our past, and how can technology support it?
- What should happen with people’s personal digital content when people die, and how can we create technologies that can be passed on, perhaps ultimately becoming heirlooms in the process?
- Family Archive
- Human Memory in the Digital Age (book)
- Technology Heirlooms
- Narratives and reminiscing
- Day of the Dead
- Elizabeth Thiry, Siân Lindley, Richard Banks, and Tim Regan, Authoring personal histories: Exploring the timeline as a framework for meaning making, in Proceedings of the 2013 SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in computing systems (CHI 2013), ACM, April 2013.
- Elizabeth Bales and Siân Lindley, Supporting a sense of connectedness: Meaningful things in the lives of new university students, in Proceedings of the 2013 ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2013), ACM, February 2013.
- Siân E. Lindley, Before I forget: From personal memory to family history, in Human Computer Interaction, vol. 27, no. 1-2, pp. 13-36, Taylor & Francis, April 2012.
- Kenton O'Hara, John Helmes, Abigail Sellen, Richard Harper, Martin Bhomer, and Elise van den Hoven, Food for talk: Phototalk and commensality, in Human-Computer Interaction (Special Issue on Personal Memories), ACM, 2012.
- Steve Whittaker, Vaiva Kalnakaite, Daniella Petrelli, Abigail Sellen, Nicolas Villar, Ofer Bergman, P Clough, and J Brockmeier, Socio-technical lifelogging: Deriving design principles for a future proof digital past, in Human-Computer Interaction (Special Issue on Personal Memories), ACM, 2012.
- Richard Banks, David Kirk, and Abigail Sellen, A design perspective on three technology heirlooms, in Human-Computer Interaction (Special Issue on Personal Memories), ACM, 2012.
- Richard Banks, The future of looking back, Microsoft, September 2011.
- Graham Pullin, Jon Rogers, Richard Banks, Tim Regan, Ali Napier, and Polly Duplock, Social Digital Objects for Grandparents , in Proceedings of Include 2011 conference on inclusive and people-centred design., Royal College of Art, London, 18 April 2011.
- Abigail Sellen, Family Archiving in the Digital Age, in The Connected Home: The Future of Domestic Life, Springer, 2011.
- Michael Massimi, William Odom, Richard Banks, and David Kirk, Matters of life and death: locating the end of life in lifespan-oriented hci research, in Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2011), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., 2011.