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?
- NYT article: Digital Keys, 2010.
- NYT graphic: Mapping enlightenment letter writing, 2010.
- MyLifeBits, from Gordon Bell.
- Mylifebits: Fulfilling the Memx Vision. Paper by Gemmell, Bell et al, pdf. The idea: Let’s make Bush’s memex real.
- Jim Gemmell
- Gemmell’s list of life logging software