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#en4709 week 2.5: projects in lifelogging and lifecasting

Take Pepy’s Diary (a humanist document if ever there was one, now online, mapped, annotated by crowdsource) not too much further and we get to lifelogging. Process and publish the life logged data and we get to lifecasting. Go all French and panopticonic and you get sousveillance.

To some extent, we’re already there. Tweets, emails, Skype calls, SMS messages, cameras and GPS in smart phones, playlists… We can record what we say and see, where we go and who we talk to. Smartphone apps can record heart rate and breathing, weight, and running pace and distance. We also have increasing access to public information: weather, traffic, news. More and more apps are coming out that scrape both personal and public files we have access to and collate and display results. Life logging looks at ways of aggregating the data we record, and for things to do with that data that will create insight into living, self, society.

It’s not much further and lifecasting takes us to Wunderkammer.

Connections with DH

  • rhetoric: life logging is kairos all the way down
  • history, biography, biographical criticism, philosophy, social history, social geography
  • new ways of collecting what it typically considered qualitative data
  • new ways of working with ditto
  • new working methods: graphs, maps, charts, timelines
  • projects …
  • To what extent can we make a life, a day, an event, a self, a work of art?

Readings

Lifecasting Projects

bookmarks for September 8th, 2012

  • Tooling Up for Digital Humanities – "The Tooling Up workshop series offers an introduction to fundamental concepts, methods, and issues within the field of digital humanities. It is appropriate for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty members, but is aimed primarily at humanities scholars with minimal exposure to digital methodology and a curiosity to learn more about the digital humanities." – (DH workshop DIT tools courses )
  • My Life Bits – Gemmell et al – MyLifeBits is a project to fulfill the Memex vision first posited by Vannevar Bush in 1945. It is a system for storing all of one’s digital media, including documents, images, sounds, and videos. It is built on four principles: (1) collections and search must replace hierarchy for organization (2) many visualizations should be supported (3) annotations are critical to non-text media and must be made easy, and (4) authoring should be via transclusion. – (lifelogging lifecasting DH )

bookmarks for February 17th, 2010 through February 18th, 2010