Digital Personhood: Charting the digital lifespan

Lead Research Organisation: University of Dundee
Department Name: Social Digital

Abstract

We have yet to experience a complete lifespan in the Digital Age, from conception to death in old age. Those who have grown up interacting with digital technology from a very early age are still young, whilst older technology adopters have identities that pre-date the Digital Age, populated with paper trails of memories. Many citizens have only a limited awareness of the permanency and consequence of posting in public and extended social circles. Digital posts from student or teenage years reflecting opinions or behaviour that seemed socially appropriate at that time may not reflect well in future professional life. Digitally mediated interactions produced in life may develop an undesirable perspective if they linger after physical death. The lifelong digital trails generated through our digitally mediated interactions, including online, echo our 'offline' lives, but unlike a physical life, the Digital Lifespan can persist indefinitely, and the rich personal context it provides can be harnessed in ways an individual might not expect or desire.

In this EPSRC-funded research, we will produce unique insights into the digital lifespan of UK citizens both now and in a future where our young Digital Natives approach adulthood, become parents, retire, and pass away. To help generate
these insights, we will first chart the unmapped territory of the "Digital Lifespan" as it is now in the UK, exploring the ways in which virtual and physical aspects of our lives converge, diverge and clash. This chart will be grounded in a series of in-depth studies with UK citizens at four transition points in their lives: approaching adulthood, becoming parents, retiring, and bereavement.

The chart that we create will guide us as we look into a future where citizens increasingly live out their lives through digitally mediated interactions. We will explore the implications of this future with individuals, policymakers, legislators and industry representatives. The knowledge and insight developed into issues surrounding ownership and management of citizens' Digital Lifespans will be used to raise digital literacy. New technologies will be designed and developed, bringing personal digital content together in one place to create a far richer picture than that afforded by currently available tools. Our new technologies will automatically draw out the personal context of such content, making inferential links and distilling the impressions that citizens present of themselves through digital media. These distilled impressions will be reflected back to individuals, raising digital literacy by promoting awareness of how individuals' digital identities are (or will in future be) represented online over their entire lifespan. Further these novel technologies will equip citizens with ways to manage the impression that they give.

Beyond individual citizens, our work will inform educators, policymakers and legislators providing a deeper understanding of what it means to live as a UK citizen in a Digital Age.

Planned Impact

Regular interaction with public forums and social networks is now commonplace, yet most individuals have only a limited awareness of the permanency and consequence of posting in public and extended social circles. The lifelong digital trails generated through our digitally mediated interactions, including online, echo our 'offline' lives, but unlike a physical life, the DL can persist indefinitely, and the rich personal context it provides can be harnessed in ways the individual might not expect or desire.

The core impact of the proposed research is to enhance the Digital Literacy of UK society through: a) developing knowledge and insight into issues surrounding ownership and management of the DL, informing educators, policymakers and legislators to ensure individuals benefit from this unprecedented change in human social behaviour; b) developing technology to promote awareness of the DL to individuals, and through reflection on narrative visualizations of their DL, empowering users to manage the way in which they are represented (or will in future be represented) online.

The beneficiaries of the proposed research are no less than all current and future members of UK society. The use of social networks is now ingrained into our everyday lives so that even from before birth personal information is being aggregated in the cloud from social posts about new 'Digital Natives'. As the wealth of personal data constituting the DL grows, in parallel to the physical lifespan, it is crucial that a sense of agency is developed. Digital posts from student or teenage years reflecting opinions or behaviour that may seem socially appropriate at that time, may not reflect well in future professional life. Opinions or online interactions produced in life may present an undesirable perspective if they linger after a user's physical death. By disseminating our technology, and our findings on the role of the DL across key life stages, we will impact society through enhancing the wellbeing of individuals, and through informing educators, policymakers and legislators.

The social data mining technology underpinning this proposal seeks to make sense of large unstructured social data sets, addressing many of the Big Data problems faced by next-generation information infrastructure projects: How to harvest and structure social data? How to draw deep inferences (here, on personal context) from this data to a degree of sophistication beyond simple data harvesting and dumping tools such as Facebook Graph Search and archivers such as Recollect? The ability to draw large-scale inferences on personal context from social media promises future impact to both medicine (e.g. diagnosis of socially linked conditions such as depression) and surveillance for the prevention of crime and terrorism.

Academic beneficiaries of this work encompass technical disciplines such as Computer Vision and Machine Learning where advances in large-scale concept inference have been made but the problem remains unsolved. Human Computer Interaction researchers will benefit from the ethnographic and experience-centred design methods developed, as well as the insights gained through developing a 'research through design' methodology for studying the DL. A full account of the academic beneficiaries of this project is provided elsewhere within this proposal.

Publications

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Title Charting the Digital Lifespan Picture Book 
Description This is a book designed to present research and design insights in an accessible way through three illustrated scenarios, one for each of the three life transitions addressed by the research project. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The picture book was used as a "ticket to talk" during a Stakeholder workshop held with representatives from government, the public sector, and industry in the UK and it made our research more accessible to them and facilitated discussion around issues of concern to both stakeholders and research participants. 
 
Title Mondegreen 
Description Website of a fictitious organisation that features in three short films, all created by Nottingham-based artist group Urban Angel. The films draw on the findings of work package 2 of Charting the Digital Lifespan, and invite feedback on the ideas they present from end-users. The development of these products was facilitated by an Impact Exploration grant from the University of Nottingham's EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Resources to demonstrate the research to stakeholders; additional data to refine the underlying research, and to demonstrate its applicability on a wider scale. 
URL http://mondegreen.me
 
Title VIVIEN design fiction 
Description Exhibit created for Praxis + Poetics: Research Through Design Conference 2013, comprising: props, crafted physical artefact and audio monologues. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Conversations with other conference delegates. 
 
Description Charting the Digital Lifespan (CDL) was a two-year project investigating the digital lifespan of UK citizens both now and in a future where Digital Natives (who are currently young adults) will experience three key transition points in the human lifespan: leaving secondary school, becoming a parent, and retiring from work.

Combining social, technical, design, and cultural expertise, the CDL project considers what it means for individuals to 'live out' digital lives across the complete human lifespan.

Our research involved talking to people and finding out about their experiences, as well as the design and evaluation of novel technologies for depicting and managing digital representations across the lifespan. We generated a rich picture of what the digital lifespan means for our UK population by charting how people live their lives online now and expect to in the near future. This rich picture was presented to stakeholders in government, law enforcement agencies, public sector and industry, contributing to nuanced understanding of the UK's digital citizens across the lifespan, now and in the future, and opportunities to design services for them.
Exploitation Route Influencing government policy on digital citizenship and personal agency.

Using understandings of people across the lifespan to inform cyber security research.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://www.digitallifespan.org/wordpress/
 
Description Project findings were used in Stakeholder workshops with representatives from government, industry and public sector organisations to deliver service design and research insights relating to future UK citizens use of digital technologies that were relevant to the Stakeholders.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Charting the Digital Lifespan Stakeholder Workshop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Invited workshop at ICO
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Written submission to House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry on Social media data and real time analytics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-co...
 
Description CREST
Amount £125,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats 
Organisation Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Digital Personhood: Charting the digital lifespan (EPSRC grant ref EP/L00383X/1)
Amount £704,221 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L00383X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2013 
End 02/2016
 
Description EPSRC DTA PHD STUDENTSHIP
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2014 
End 05/2018
 
Description EPSRC Impact Accelerator Account Impact Exploration Grant
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K503800/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 04/2015
 
Description Exchange Trip to RMIT
Amount £1,600 (GBP)
Organisation Communities and Culture Network+ 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Key Technology Partner Visiting Fellowship
Amount $10,000 (AUD)
Organisation University of Technology Sydney 
Sector Academic/University
Country Australia
Start 09/2014 
End 10/2014
 
Description Microsoft PhD Scholarship EMEA
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation Microsoft Research 
Sector Private
Country Global
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description TAPESTRY: Trust, Authentication and Privacy over a DeCentralised Social Registry
Amount £854,808 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N02799X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Title Dialogic visual mechanism for stakeholder engagement 
Description Bespoke polyphonic, illustrated materials to summarise research to stakeholders, foreground service insights and prompt discussion and furtehr research data generation. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Workshop involving multiple govt department splus industry. Commissioned workshop for OFCOM. 
 
Title Stakeholder engagement 
Description Mechanism for communicating research findings to government and industry stakeholders. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Method was developed in order to deliver impact to government and industry stakeholders. 2 published papers. 
 
Description CDL TEAM 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration: HCI, Computer vision, machine learning, design, literature and media studies. Outputs include: Paper; Moncur, W., Martindale, S., Durrant, A., Collomose, J. and Chantler, M. 2013. Charting the Digital Lifespan - An Introduction. DE 2013. Paper; Martindale, S., Trujillo Pisanty, D. and Durrant, A. 2014. Memories of a Future Past: A Design Fiction Exploring New Parenthood. Alternate Endings: Using Fiction to Explore Design Futures CHI 2014 Workshop. Grant: : EP/L00383X/1 £704,221 Charting the Digital Lifespan
Start Year 2013
 
Description CDL TEAM 
Organisation Microsoft Research
Department Microsoft Research Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration: HCI, Computer vision, machine learning, design, literature and media studies. Outputs include: Paper; Moncur, W., Martindale, S., Durrant, A., Collomose, J. and Chantler, M. 2013. Charting the Digital Lifespan - An Introduction. DE 2013. Paper; Martindale, S., Trujillo Pisanty, D. and Durrant, A. 2014. Memories of a Future Past: A Design Fiction Exploring New Parenthood. Alternate Endings: Using Fiction to Explore Design Futures CHI 2014 Workshop. Grant: : EP/L00383X/1 £704,221 Charting the Digital Lifespan
Start Year 2013
 
Description CDL TEAM 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration: HCI, Computer vision, machine learning, design, literature and media studies. Outputs include: Paper; Moncur, W., Martindale, S., Durrant, A., Collomose, J. and Chantler, M. 2013. Charting the Digital Lifespan - An Introduction. DE 2013. Paper; Martindale, S., Trujillo Pisanty, D. and Durrant, A. 2014. Memories of a Future Past: A Design Fiction Exploring New Parenthood. Alternate Endings: Using Fiction to Explore Design Futures CHI 2014 Workshop. Grant: : EP/L00383X/1 £704,221 Charting the Digital Lifespan
Start Year 2013
 
Description CDL TEAM 
Organisation Ofcom
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration: HCI, Computer vision, machine learning, design, literature and media studies. Outputs include: Paper; Moncur, W., Martindale, S., Durrant, A., Collomose, J. and Chantler, M. 2013. Charting the Digital Lifespan - An Introduction. DE 2013. Paper; Martindale, S., Trujillo Pisanty, D. and Durrant, A. 2014. Memories of a Future Past: A Design Fiction Exploring New Parenthood. Alternate Endings: Using Fiction to Explore Design Futures CHI 2014 Workshop. Grant: : EP/L00383X/1 £704,221 Charting the Digital Lifespan
Start Year 2013
 
Description CDL TEAM 
Organisation SONY
Department Sony Broadcast and Professional Europe
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration: HCI, Computer vision, machine learning, design, literature and media studies. Outputs include: Paper; Moncur, W., Martindale, S., Durrant, A., Collomose, J. and Chantler, M. 2013. Charting the Digital Lifespan - An Introduction. DE 2013. Paper; Martindale, S., Trujillo Pisanty, D. and Durrant, A. 2014. Memories of a Future Past: A Design Fiction Exploring New Parenthood. Alternate Endings: Using Fiction to Explore Design Futures CHI 2014 Workshop. Grant: : EP/L00383X/1 £704,221 Charting the Digital Lifespan
Start Year 2013
 
Description CDL TEAM 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration: HCI, Computer vision, machine learning, design, literature and media studies. Outputs include: Paper; Moncur, W., Martindale, S., Durrant, A., Collomose, J. and Chantler, M. 2013. Charting the Digital Lifespan - An Introduction. DE 2013. Paper; Martindale, S., Trujillo Pisanty, D. and Durrant, A. 2014. Memories of a Future Past: A Design Fiction Exploring New Parenthood. Alternate Endings: Using Fiction to Explore Design Futures CHI 2014 Workshop. Grant: : EP/L00383X/1 £704,221 Charting the Digital Lifespan
Start Year 2013
 
Description CDL TEAM 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Co-authored publications and successful grant proposal.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration: HCI, Computer vision, machine learning, design, literature and media studies. Outputs include: Paper; Moncur, W., Martindale, S., Durrant, A., Collomose, J. and Chantler, M. 2013. Charting the Digital Lifespan - An Introduction. DE 2013. Paper; Martindale, S., Trujillo Pisanty, D. and Durrant, A. 2014. Memories of a Future Past: A Design Fiction Exploring New Parenthood. Alternate Endings: Using Fiction to Explore Design Futures CHI 2014 Workshop. Grant: : EP/L00383X/1 £704,221 Charting the Digital Lifespan
Start Year 2013
 
Description Silver Screen 
Organisation Broadway Cinema
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Ordering catering from Broadway's cafe
Collaborator Contribution Provided two rooms to use for the workshop and promoted the event to their Silver Screen audience via email and flyers, which they designed and printed for us
Impact Data collected from retirees at workshop
Start Year 2014
 
Description CDT introduction week talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The new cohort of students at the My life in Data CDT engaged with (through questions and subsequent emails and conversations) design fiction work from Charting the Digital Lifespan.

Two students will be contributing to project research, as part of practice-led projects to be undertaken in 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Cheltenham Literature Festival 2013. Re-wired: Memory in the Digital Age 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion.

Subsequent invitation to contribute to the AHRC-supported book Memory in the 21st Century (in press), along with authors including Will Self and AS Byatt
Submission of a research proposal to the AHRC Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past theme.
Video highlights of the talk and subsequent interview made available to the public, http://thememorynetwork.net/re-wired-memory-in-the-digital-age-video/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.sciculture.ac.uk/2013/12/03/saving-our-memory-for-the-future-1/
 
Description Conference presentation at MeCCSA 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Continued dialogue with other panel members subsequently.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://meccsa2015.co.uk/
 
Description Conference presentation at SCMS 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Questions and discussion at the end of the panel.

Contacts made with other international researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cmstudies.org/?page=conference
 
Description Diego Trujillo-Pisanty: CDL Design Lab Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions around design as a field method for HCI research and discussion about semantic approaches and interface design vs. cognitive approaches.

A visiting colleague suggested future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Emerging adults focus group (Nottingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Discussion and interaction with design fictions produced data for analysis.

Findings of workshop informed ongoing project work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Horizon research conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk brought Charting the Digital Lifespan to the attention of the Horizon community and partners.

Conversations with senior academics about possible directions for the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Horizon seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk prompted questions and discussion, having brought project work to the attention of colleagues and doctoral students.

Following on from this presentation to some of the new intake of students at the Horizon CDT, GF was recruited to an associated practice-led project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Into the Future: Workshops & Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Horizon contributed funding to this two-day event led by the And Beyond Institute for Future Research, which was the culmination of an Intersections commission at Primary, a Nottingham art space. On Friday 11 September 2015 there were two workshops, which utilised a shared science fiction narrative to construct alternative visions of the future, through object making and storytelling. A seminar on Saturday 12 September 2015 - with guest artists and thinkers - examined the way ideas of Utopia and Dystopia shape constructions of the Future in popular culture; and explored propositions for the future of our relationships with technology, each other and ourselves. Horizon staff and CDT students contributed to this public engagement project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.weareprimary.org/2015/08/into-the-future/
 
Description Invited talk at UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) in London, for Research Seminar Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited Guest Lecture entitled "Design for Being Online through Life Transitions" and presenting published research findings from this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description John Collomosse Poster and Presentation for Stakeholder Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation and poster led to questions and discussion with stakeholders afterwards.

After the talk, I was approached by several workshop attendees who wanted to know more about my methods and findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Kathryn Orzech: Small Society Lab on Digital Value 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact talk sparked discussion and questions

Questions and discussion related back to previous talks and workshop experiences and created closure for the workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Mondegreen exhibit at Impact Expo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The work enabled by the Impact Exploration Grant from the EPSRC IAA (EP/K503800/1) was showcased at an Impact Expo held at the University of Nottingham on 15 September 2015. The purpose was to stimulate thinking for future activity leading to impact. For the event, local artists Urban Angel, who collaborated on the IEG, were commissioned to produce printed materials for attendees to take away, encouraging them to engage with the project's online platform. Another £230 of funding for this was provided by the IAA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Neon Festival: Living a Digital Life and Dying a Digital Death! 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at Nilipul Foundation as part of the NeON Digital Arts Festival 2013 led to discussion with young adults, youth workers and a Buddhist Lama who attended the talk.

The organiser of the event and youth workers reported ongoing discussion amongst the young adults who attended the talk, and reflection on their digital identity. 4 of the attendees elected to participate in my ongoing research as a result of coming to the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.northeastofnorth.com/?event=living-digital-life-dying-digital-death
 
Description New parents workshop (Nottingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Discussion and interaction with design fictions produced data for analysis.

Continued research involvement of one participant. Findings of workshop informed ongoing project work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Pilot focus group (Bilborough college) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact The opinion expressed by the students inspired subsequent research study design with the emerging adult research population.

Ideas shared with colleagues. Evidence to ground development of design fiction study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Retirees pilot interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Participants interested in finding out more about the project as well as answering our questions

Participants asked to be informed about outcomes of the research
Researchers used data to inform development of further studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Retirees workshop at Broadway 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Data about the future of the digital lifespan to inform the conceptual mapping activities of the project

After the workshop, participants asked for more information about the project and our work about other life transitions. They asked to be informed about outcomes of the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Sarah Martindale: Conversation UK piece on "sharenting" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Piece read by subscribers to Conversation's email newsletter, circulated on social media (tweeted 37 times and republished on www.psypost.org, facebook.com, theoldreader.com and feeds.feedburner.com), and searchable through search engines such as Google.

Post was read, discussed, and shared within research unit and beyond the University. It was tweeted 37 times and republished in four places, detailed above. There was one comment on The Conversation blog, to which Dr. Martindale responded.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://theconversation.com/obsessive-sharenting-could-be-more-than-digital-narcissism-30331
 
Description UTS Australia - Creativity and Cognition seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Ongoing discussion re collaboration on publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description UTS Materialising Memories seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The talk sparked exploration of opportunities for international, interdisciplinary collaboration.

Invitation to deliver a guest lecture to undergraduate students at UTS made to Moncur.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.materialisingmemories.com/events/september-talks-and-mini-symposium/
 
Description Undergraduate focus group (Nottingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Discussion and interaction with design fictions produced data for analysis.

Collaboration with two doctoral students from the Department of Culture, Film & Media on the study contributed to their research skills and methodological development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description University of Melbourne seminar. Digital Memorials: Memorialization Practice within a Networked Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This invited talk was attended by researchers and students at the University of Melbourne, including computer scientists, sociologists and health experts. The talk was filmed and made available to the public via YouTube.

Following on from this talk, I was invited to act as external examiner for Joji Mori, a PhD student whose focus is digital memorials in Australia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zDMNinm750
 
Description Wendy Moncur Stakeholder Workshop Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk set the context for an interactive workshop around project research findings.

After the talk, workshop participants from government, the public sector and industry in the UK took part in discussions around their concerns about the three life transition groups introduced in the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Wendy Moncur: Digital Personhood Network Meeting Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion and questions.

Raised awareness of our project and allowed our project team to be more aware of complementary projects taking place in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Wendy Moncur: Invited speaker, Cheltenham Literature Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion and questions as well as further collaboration among the speakers.

After the festival, speakers collaborated to produce a forthcoming edited book.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Worldwide Universities Network Understanding Global Digital Cultures Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This panel was one of a series of discussions among CCN+ and Design + Ethnography + Futures researchers exploring the complex relationship between imagining future possibilities, the tools to make those possibilities happen, and the wider social and institutional contexts where the imagining process takes place. It drew together scholars from different fields of study to share, reflect and imagine diverse experiences and perspectives, and to provoke a productive discussion on how we are all considering and making futures across disciplines, cultures and places. The purpose was to share ideas with peers whom we would not normally encounter and to develop those ideas for co-authored publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.wun.ac.uk/wun/events/view/globaldigitalculturesconference2015