DBTA Workshop on "Life Logging and Long-Term Digital Preservation"

Staff - Faculty of Informatics

Start date: 6 November 2015

End date: 7 November 2015

Auditorium / Room A-21 (red building)

A number of technologies have recently started to converge to make it possible to capture and store everything a person sees, hear or does in his/her life. These technologies includes, for example, cheap video and audio capturing, GPS tracking, heart bit monitoring, location sensing, etc. Once they are teamed up with cloud computing and fast and cheap memory storage, the task appears not only possible but also feasible. In fact, the cheap availability of such technologies brought about "lifelogging" and long-term "digital preservation".

Lifelogging refers to the continuous capturing of first-person video from a tiny video camera that can be easily carried around attached to one's neck. It is one of the manifestations of the Quantified Self movement, in which a user tracks personal activity data about, for example, exercising, sleeping, and eating to try and draw correlations to improve the life he/she lives. On the other side Digital preservation aims at ensuring that digital information, like for example that captured by lifelogging, is securely stored and remains accessible and usable for a long time. Combined, these two areas would enable to quantify, capture and store everything a person does in his/her entire life.

In this workshop we will report on some of the research and business activities carried out in Switzerland and abroad in areas that are closely related to lifelogging and digital preservation. The six presentations from international researchers and companies will provide plenty of topics for the open discussion that will follow.

  • Lifelogging, a Long-term Data Analytics Challenge
    Cathal Gurrin, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Challenges and Life Examples as a Long-term Data Backup Provider
    Thomas Liechti, Mount10, Switzerland 
  • MEmoIt: don't write your diary, sense it
    Michele Catasta, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Security and Privacy Implications of Lifelogging for Pervasive Memory Augmentation
    Sarah Clinch, University of Lancaster, UK
  • Providing Long-term Access to Digital Research Data in the Humanities
    Lukas Rosenthaler, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Thinking the Audiovisual Archives of 2020: Opportunities, Priorities, Issues
    Theo Mäusli, SRG SSR, Switzerland

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The Workshop Series
With this series of workshops, we aim to provide the basis for a general comprehension and specific insights in the context of data longevity. We are looking forward to the speakers from academia and industry that have a story to tell about motives, challenges, approaches and solutions.

More information about the series of workshop is published here:

Please notice that the membership to SI/DBTA is not a strict requirement for the attendance to the workshops.