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Making history: intentional capture of future memories

Petrelli, D., van den Hoven, E. and Whittaker, S. (2009) Making history: intentional capture of future memories. In: CHI 2009. CHI 2009, 4-9 April 2009, Boston, USA. ACM . ISBN 978-1-60558-246-7


‘Lifelogging’ technology makes it possible to amass digital data about every aspect of our everyday lives. Instead of focusing on such technical possibilities, here we investigate the way people compose long-term mnemonic representations of their lives. We asked 10 families to create a time capsule, a collection of objects used to trigger remembering in the distant future. Our results show that contrary to the lifelogging view, people are less interested in exhaustively digitally recording their past than in reconstructing it from carefully selected cues that are often physical objects. Time capsules were highly expressive and personal, many objects were made explicitly for inclusion, however with little object annotation. We use these findings to propose principles for designing technology that supports the active reconstruction of our future past.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information:
Keywords: Autobiographical memory, cultural probes, fieldwork, lifelogs.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Funding Information:
FunderGrant number
EU- Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge programMTKD-CT-2005-030008
NWO-British Council Partnership Programme in SciencePPS890
Depositing User: dr. Daniela Petrelli
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2009 14:41
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:26
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1518701.1518966
Status: Published
Publisher: ACM
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5402

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