Gifting interpretations of personal data

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  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile


Research on physical representations of data has often used personal data as its focus. A core aim of making personal data physical is to provoke self-reflections through a felt experience. In this paper, we present a preliminary study which employs the idea of gift-giving as means to explore one’s online data. Our main findings report strategies to relate to a stranger’s data, as well as a conflict between what people think of their online self and what others are able to find. We discuss how the gifts became platforms for self-reflection, similar to physical data models. We then connect that to the engagement of a third person (gift-giver) in the process, highlighting the potential of such involvement. In the future, we focus on how to link people’s meaningful artifacts with their personal data.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleACM CHI
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    Research areas

  • Personal Data, Presentation of Self, Self-Reflections

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