Equipment for visualizing personal informatics

Funding Details
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Grant type: Research Tools and Instruments - Category 1 (<$150,000)
  • Year: 2011/12
  • Total Funding: $86,480
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Project Summary

My long range goal is to design, develop and evaluate interactive information visualizations so that they support people's everyday work and social practices as they interact with information. My primary motivation is to promote information comprehension by creating appropriate tools that can help people negotiate the transformation of vast amounts of information into knowledge in people's everyday lives. Within this broad goal of making information more accessible and comprehensible, I will create new information visualizations and explore the challenge of effectively putting information visualizations on different sizes of personal displays. I will continue to ask fundamental questions about how to effectively visualize information in a manner that reveals its content, and makes it accessible and understandable. In particular I will: - ) Investigate how people create and use visualizations without computers - 'visualization in the wild', - ) Explore how to best use visualization for personal information needs, on personal displays, multi-touch tablets, and on the small screens we carry with us everywhere. As and when appropriate, I will draw from wide range of practices from information visualization, human computer interaction, ethnography, psychology, and design, developing a basis for creating effective interactions that fit seamlessly in our everyday work and social practices, allowing us to access and manipulate information to better support our decision processes.

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