Saturday, October 5, 2013

Human-Data Interaction

I have been thinking about this concept a lot recently... just to clarify, this is NOT a new discipline or field, it is basically an interest group, and a way of thinking about the aggregate effect of user profiling, advertising, interface, HCI, privacy and the way the users' behaviour may be changed due to change in these topics, rather similar to the way that the Quantified Self movement is shaping up.. an interest group of inter-disicplinary researchers..

This all started after a casual talk and meeting with Mort in Nottingham, then filtering the ideas through Jon, Mac and Tristan, which resulted to a draft of our thoughts for the UK Digital Economy all-hands meeting:

 Richard Mortier, Hamed Haddadi, Tristan Henderson, Derek McAuley, and Jon Crowcroft, "Challenges & Opportunities in Human-Data Interaction", DE2013: Open Digital, November 2013, MediaCityUK, Salford, UK. (PDF)

On 4th October 2013, we had the EPSRC/ITaaU first workshop on HDI, which brought in a large number of top-notch industry and academic researchers across law, privacy, HCI, economics, computer science, engineering, geography, and financial sector. You may enjoy reading the detailed liveblog by Cambridge guys. The participants all took part in a range of activities, and are interested in officially forming an interest group, so watch this space for more news!

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