On Saturday there was a workshop on monitoring, logging and reflecting. Know Thyself: Monitoring and Reflecting on Facets of One’s Life. In the workshop we discussed technologies and concepts for monitoring and using personal information. I started out with asking the question who knows what about you? The list is quickly growing (e.g. telecom provider, travel agent, super market, bank, mail provider, facebook, etc.) and so is the set of information they know about you. And it becomes clear that these entities keep a better record about an individual that the individuals themselves. Hence our central suggestion is that the user who is the one who could have easy access to all this information should make more of it and benefit from this information, for more see the paper  and the slides from the talk.
Zeitgeist Magic from Seif Lotfy on Vimeo.
There is more information about the workshop and the topic in general:
- workshop home page an papers
- personal informatics network
- Personal Experience Computing, towards truly Personal Semantic Technology, by Thorsten Prante
- GNOME activity-journal
- zeitgeist project
My pick of the contributions is the Dunbar email mining system from Stanford.
PS: CHI is good for your health 🙂
 Thorsten Prante, Jens Sauer, Seif Lotfy, Albrecht Schmidt. Personal Experience Trace: Orienting Oneself in One’s Activities and Experiences. CHI 2010 workshop on Know Thyself: Monitoring and Reflecting on Facets of One’s Life.