Disasters in personal informatics: The unpublished stories of failure and lessons learned

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

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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
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct Publication
Publication date2014
Pages673-678
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3047-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp '14): Adjunct Publication - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 13 Sep 201417 Sep 2014

Conference

Conference2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp '14)
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period13/09/201417/09/2014

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Larsen, J. E., E. Froehlich, J., Kay, M., & Thomaz, E. (2014). Disasters in personal informatics: The unpublished stories of failure and lessons learned. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct Publication (pp. 673-678) https://doi.org/10.1145/2638728.2641315