CHI 2015 Workshop: Beyond Personal Informatics

Alongside Chris Elsden, Dave Kirk and Chris Speed, I am involved in organising a workshop for CHI 2015, entitled ‘Beyond Personal Informatics: Designing for Experiences with Data’.
The goal of the workshop is to take a more critical look at Personal Informatics, and open up new opportunities for both capturing and designing with this kind of data, beyond its current narrow scope.
You can read our full proposal here, but the call for participation is pasted below.

Beyond Personal Informatics: Designing for Experiences with Data
Workshop at ACM CHI 2015 Conference, Seoul, Korea

Submission deadline: 5th January 2015
Notifications: 6th February 2015
Workshop date: Saturday April 18th 2015
Website and details:

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 or ‘Quantified Self’
• 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 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.

Chris Elsden, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
David Kirk, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
Mark Selby, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh

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