Disasters in Personal Informatics: The unpublished stories of failure and lessons learned

Jon E. Froehlich*, Matthew Kay, Jakob Eg Larsen, Edison Thomaz

*Corresponding author for this work

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

Though never a desirable outcome, failure is an inevitable part of research. Too often, however, the tried but failed paths are lost in the translation of work to publication. With the pragmatics of publishing (e.g., page limits) and the academic emphasis on positive outcomes, failed processes, methodologies, study designs, and technologies are frequently not disclosed. This is a missed opportunity, particularly for nascent areas like Personal Informatics (PI) as well as other research areas, more generally, that share high costs in time, development, and recruitment for building and deploying testable systems. Thus, we propose a UbiComp2014 workshop focused on failures in PI research. Through short participant authored papers, breakout sessions, madness talks, and all-group discussions, our overarching workshop goals are to share "disaster" stories, reflect on lessons learned, and articulate promising paths forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2014 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages673-678
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330473
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2014 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2014Sep 17 2014

Publication series

NameUbiComp 2014 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Other

Other2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period9/13/149/17/14

Keywords

  • Financial tracking
  • Health
  • Methods
  • Personal Informatics
  • Quantified self
  • Studies
  • Sustainability
  • Technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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