Swiss Informatics Society

Special Interest Group

on Information Systems


DBTA Workshop on Life Logging and Long-Term Digital Preservation

10:00-17:00 Friday 6 November 2015
Faculty of Informatics, Room SI-006
Universita' della Svizzera Italiana (USI)
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, Lugano

Organiser: Prof. Fabio Crestani, University of Lugano

A number of technologies have recently started to converge to make it possible to capture and store everything a person sees, hear or does in his/her life. These technologies includes, for example, cheap video and audio capturing, GPS tracking, heart bit monitoring, location sensing, etc. Once they are teamed up with cloud computing and fast and cheap memory storage, the task appears not only possible but also feasible. In fact, the cheap availability of such technologies brought about “lifelogging” and long-term “digital preservation”.

Lifelogging refers to the continuous capturing of first-person video from a tiny video camera that can be easily carried around attached to one’s neck. It is one of the manifestations of the Quantified Self movement, in which a user tracks personal activity data about, for example, exercising, sleeping, and eating to try and draw correlations to improve the life he/she lives. On the other side Digital preservation aims at ensuring that digital information, like for example that captured by lifelogging, is securely stored and remains accessible and usable for a long time. Combined, these two areas would enable to quantify, capture and store everything a person does in his/her entire life.

In this workshop we will report on some of the research and business activities carried out in Switzerland and abroad in areas that are closely related to lifelogging and digital preservation. The six presentations from international researchers and companies will provide plenty of topics for the open discussion that will follow.

Please note that the workshop is for SI/DBTA members only. There is no fee to attend the workshop but registration with SI is necessary.

09:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 12:45
  • Opening
  • Lifelogging, a Long-term Data Analytics Challenge,
    Cathal Gurrin, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Coffee Break
  • MEmoIt: don't write your diary, sense it,
    Michele Catasta, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Security and Privacy Implications of Lifelogging for Pervasive Memory Augmentation,
    Sarah Clinch, University of Lancaster, UK
12:45 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:40 - 16:20
  • Challenges and Life Examples as a Long-term Data Backup Provider,
    Thomas Liechti, Mount10, Switzerland
  • Coffee Break
  • Providing Long-term Access to Digital Research Data in the Humanities,
    Lukas Rosenthaler, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Thinking the Audiovisual Archives of 2020: Opportunities, Priorities, Issues,
    Theo Mäusli, SRG SSR, Switzerland
Panel and Open Discussion, Apero
Presentations and Speakers
  • Lifelogging, a long-term data analytics challenge
    Cathal Gurrin, DCU, Ireland

    Driven by the ever increasing potential of computing technology, lifelogging is fast becoming a normative activity. However, before Lifelogging can become widespread, there are a significant number of research challenges to address. These issues range from rich personal sensing, knowledge mining, indexing, retrieval and supporting access now, and into the future. This talk will explore these challenges, describe research advances to date in the area of Lifelogging from a practitioner’s viewpoint and examine the multidisciplinary issues that remain to be solved, from indexing and retrieval to privacy and long-term preservation.
    Cathal Gurrin is a lecturer at the School of Computing, at Dublin City University, Ireland and he is an investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. His research interest is personal analytics and lifelogging (a search engine for the self) and he personally maintains a nine-year visual lifelog. He is especially interested in using wearable sensors to infer knowledge from real-world activities and applying this as an assistive technology. Gurrin is the author of the recent FNTIR edition on Lifelogging and he has been the General Chair of ECIR 2011 and MMM 2014. He was also the PC co-chair of ECIR 2010 and Sensecam 2013 as well as being the posters and demos co-chair of ACM SIGIR 2013.

  • Challenges and life examples as a long term Data Backup provider
    Thomas Liechti, Mount10, Switzerland

    MOUNT10 is part of a group of companies with a long term expertize in physical and electronic storage of data. MOUNT10 operates 2 datacenters, known as SWISS FORT KNOX I&II in the Swiss Alps. As the market leader in Online Backup Services, Liechti will shortly present their services and will focus then on the daily challenges and findings of customers looking for long-term data storage.
    As the CEO of MOUNT10 AG, Thomas Liechti is responsible for sales, operations, growth initiatives, and investments in strategic alliances across the globe. With 20 years of prior leadership experience at Ascom and Cisco, Liechti has deep expertise in developing close relationships with customers across the Enterprise and Government sectors and a proven record of success in working strategically with service providers and partners.

  • MEmoIt: don't write your diary, sense it
    Michele Catasta, EPFL, Switzerland

    Is it possible to identify the memorable events of a user's life, with few if no user input? Seeking an answer to this question, we've developed a battery-conscious Android app that carefully intertwines sensor data and a variety of data sources gathered from the smartphone, in a quest to better understand how human memories work. The talk will cover both the research and engineering challenges we've faced in the past 2 years, when we gradually turned MEmoIt from a simple diary application into a privacy-aware research platform that will enable us to study multiple aspects of the human behavior.
    Michele is a research scientist and lecturer at EPFL, Switzerland. During his PhD (EPFL, 2015), he let human memories and information systems have their first dance. To make this debut happen, he added new bells and whistles (human computation, machine learning, psychology) to his original researcher hat (large-scale data analytics, information retrieval, semantic technologies). Michele was in the founding team of Sindice.com, the largest Semantic Web search engine (now SindiceTech). He also worked for MIT Media Lab, Google and Yahoo Labs. In the past years, he received several awards and recognitions -- among them, a focused grant from Samsung Research USA.

  • Security and Privacy Implications of Lifelogging for Pervasive Memory Augmentation
    Sarah Clinch, University of Lancaster, UK

    The emergence of widespread pervasive sensing, personal recording devices and other lifelogging technologies allow for continuous capture of many aspects of our everyday lives. These trends can be harnessed to develop new systems for memory augmentation that include novel capture technologies and corresponding control mechanisms to automate the acquisition of personal memories, and provide feedback through ambient large displays and personal mobile devices to aid personal memory acquisition, retention, and attenuation. However, the creation of such systems raises a number of novel security and privacy challenges, both technically and from societal and psychological perspectives. In this talk I will present a number of these emerging research challenges and in particular focus on how the design of such systems may force us to reconsider our existing ideas of the relationship between traditional lifelogging approaches and systems for mobile and ubiquitous technology.
    Sarah Clinch is a post-doctoral researcher at Lancaster University, UK. She completed her PhD (Lancaster) on the appropriation of public displays and has published extensively on the topic of next generation pervasive display networks. She has been a visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University working on novel cloudlet systems. Sarah’s research focuses on the development of architectures for pervasive computing and personalisation in ubiquitous computing systems. She currently works on the European FET-Open RECALL project that aims to re-think and re-define the notion of memory augmentation to develop new paradigms for memory augmentation technologies that are technically feasible, desired by users, and beneficial to society. Sarah is an active member of the research community and is currently serving as publicity co-chair for both IEEE Percom and ACM HotMobile.

  • Providing long-term access to digital research data in the Humanities
    Lukas Rosenthaler, University of Basel, Switzerland

    The humanities have been transformed by digital methods as the internet and its technologies have become commonplace in society and in research. Since the 1990s, the digitization of manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and films, and the transcription of text corpora, has made many important sources directly available on the desks of humanities researchers. This development has certainly made for more efficient scholarly practice and created opportunities for entirely new research directions. However, the infrastructure used for this research is most often established in a project-specific way, and is not designed for the long-term preservation of data. After the completion of a research project, these digital resources quickly become unavailable if they, and the software and hardware they rely on, are not properly maintained. Together with the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences the DHLab is developing a platform for keeping this kind of digital information available for an indefinite time. This platform is based on semantic web technologies (RDF, RDFS and OWL) in order to allow inter-project and external linking and annotation as well as “linked open data” (LOD) access. In a pilot phase we has successfully integrated about two dozens different projects varying from ancient history to the edition of works of the composer Anton Webern.
    Prof. Lukas Rosenthaler is the head of the Digital Humanities Lab of the University of Basel. Having a PhD in Physics and a background in computer vision, he was involved since the early 90ties in the digitization of cultural heritage assets. In 2001 he joined the faculty of Humanities where he write his habilitation thesis about the longevity of digital data. He is currently working in the field of virtual research environments for the humanities and the long-term access to qualitative research data in the digital domain.

  • Thinking the audiovisual archives of 2020: Opportunities, priorities, issues
    Theo Mausli, SRG SSR, Switzerland

    On FIAT/IFTA world conference 2015 Braodcasters such as NHK, ORF, RAI and SRG SSR discussed and confronted with international audiovisual archivists community their vison on main issues and challenges caught when thinking and planning the archive of 2020, considering technical, organisational and political issues. Examples are: long time storage of exploding capacities, increasing quality factors (HFR, HDR, UHDTV) and new formats of content; traceability and management of rights; metadata automation and representation; new models for archive content access and exploitation; governability, financing and business models; role of service providers and government institutions. The main issue is to find international standards between the media archives and the archive system suppliers for the integration of new solutions.
    Theo Mäusli published numerous books and articles on popular culture history, radio/television history and audio-visual social memory. 2002 he was the responsible delegate of Canton Ticino in Swiss national exposition Expo.02. 2002-2014 his main activities are in RSI (Radiotelevisione svizzera), first as head of the archives of RSI, where he manages the transformation of analogical archives into a completely digital media asset management. Later on his main occupation is on valorization of r/tv archive content in public educational and cultural context. Mäusli is an active member of FIAT/IFTA (B&P, Save your archives). In 2014 he leads for FIAT/IFTA an assessment on audiovisual Archives of National Archives of Zimbabwe. From 2010 on Mäusli teaches at Universita della Svizzera italiana on digital archives and history of radio. Currently, Theo Mäusli is project manager for SRG SSR General Direction (Swiss Broadcasting Corporation).

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