Connecting stakeholders through context logging
Sami Vihavainen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Finland
Kimmo Karhu, Aalto University, Finland
Andrea Botero, Aalto University, Finland
Time: Thu 15:30 - 18:00 | Session: Demos and Posters Session | Location: Demos and Posters Area

Logging users’ physical context through the sensors of mobile devices and the abilities to track users’ online behavior has increasingly evolved. In this poster abstract we will present a work in progress in understanding how various stakeholders can be connected through context logging technologies, and the underlying motivations. We will (1) describe the general components and information flow of context logging systems, (2) frame the primary stakeholders from the context logging point of view, (3) discuss the application areas through the different stakeholders and their goals for applying context logging. Moreover, we will present ContextLogger3, a context-logging tool that combines automatically acquired sensor and mobile activity data and manually user created textual notes. We conclude by suggesting that designers should systematically consider implementing affordances for fostering design conversation between the users that log/are logged and the other stakeholders. We also suggest considering affordances that enable users to have manual control on context logging to narrow the gap between the realities represented by the automatic context logging and those perceived by the user.

MobileHCI 2013 Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

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