People have long sought to better understand themselves, but recently technology advances enable new approaches. Projects explored opportunities and challenges in self-tracking, also known as personal informatics:
Personal informatics systems are systems that help people collect personally relevant information for the purpose of self-reflection and gaining self-knowledge.
Self-tracking and personal informatics are closely related to the Quantified Self movement, which emphasizes:
Self-knowledge through numbers.
As a focus for Winter 2017, students were asked to explore tracking beyond the self. Instead of limiting self-tracking to a isolated self-analyst, we asked students to consider how people might interact around personal data in a variety of social contexts. Any problem where multiple people collect data, or where multiple people engage in gaining value from data, introduces additional opportunities and challenges in designing for effective interaction with personal data. Students have examined the problems people encounter, then explored how new technology can go beyond the data fetish to help people in reaching their goals.