Studying the Functions of Sharable Digital Memories

Catalin-Mihai Barbu, Alexander Kröner, Michael Schneider, Oliver Jacobs

In: Pedro Isaías (Hrsg.). IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet (IJWI) 7 1 Seiten 44-62 IADIS 2009.


The ongoing augmentation of our everyday environment with digital artifacts and electronic sensors enables machines to observe with increasing precision a user´s interaction with the environment and contained applications. If these observations are recorded over time, then the resulting collection can become a user´s personal "digital memory". Like a blog, such a semi-automatically built resource can be of interest for sharing information between users. With this article, we want to provide some answers to the question of how people exploit other persons` digital memories, and how the resulting sharing behavior can be evaluated. We report about two small-scale user studies, which emphasized different aspects of the exploitation of shared personal memories in the everyday. Our report comprises a short description of a platform for collecting and sharing digital memories used in both scenarios, the study methods, and a discussion of the results. These confirm the utility of the respective sharing approaches and provide an insight to people`s expectations concerning the interaction with such a resource.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence