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Lifelogging Behaviour and Practice

Journal call for papers from Online Information Review

Sales of mobile and wearable devices have been rapidly increasing the population of lifeloggers in the last few years. According to a recent market report, the number of global shipments of wearable devices reached 80 million in 2015, and is expected to reach 200
millions by 2020. The community of “quantified-self” has been established and is active (e.g., Quantified Self Conference 2017 ). This gives great opportunities for information science researchers to study the behaviour and practice of lifeloggers across a range of populations in our societies, as opposed to just those of highly skilled professionals.

A lifelog has been defined as “a form of pervasive computing consisting of a unified digital record of the totality of an individual's experiences, captured multimodally through digital sensors and stored permanently as a personal multimedia archive”. Such a personal archive should be “searchable and recallable”, and thus, supporting use cases such as recollecting, reminiscing, retrieving information, reflecting, and remembering intentions. Furthermore, since lifelogging is expected to collect data throughout one’s life, its
application is likely to vary generationally (e.g., education for young people, productivity for professionals, and health care for elderly people).

Research on lifelogging has been dominated by technological challenges such as the development of wearable sensor platforms and the interpretation and aggregation of heterogeneous sensor data streams. However, a series of workshops has recently been organised to bridge the research agenda between quantitative and qualitative researchers in Information Science . This special topic issue builds on this activity to increase our understanding on behavioural and social practice aspects of lifeloggers and their lifelogging activities.

It therefore calls for original, unpublished work, that increases our understanding and theorisation of behaviour and practice of lifelogging activities. Submissions on system-oriented work are not generally encouraged unless they provide a
substantial amount of insight into human information behaviour of lifelogging.

The topics of interest relevant to this special topic issues include (but are not limited to):

  • User experience design for accessing lifelogs
  • Privacy and data security challenges of lifelogging
  • Experiences of lifelogging and quantified-self activities
  • Social applications and implications of life-logging
  • Experiences of lifelogging in the real-world
  • Ethical issues arising from lifelogging in society
  • Digital preservation and maintenance of lifelogs

Guest Editors

Hideo Joho is an Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba, and visiting scholar of NII and RMIT University.
Cathal Gurrin is an associate professor at the School of Computing at Dublin City University and a principal investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.
Frank Hopfgartner is Lecturer in Information Studies at University of Glasgow.

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines which are here. Submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

Proposed Schedule

Papers due: 31 March 2018
First round decisions communicated: 2 months after papers due
Revised manuscript due: 2 months after decisions communicated
Final decisions made: 2 months after revised manuscript received
Planned publication: December 2018