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From Quantified Self to Qualified Self - A data visualisation

Stolk, E.F. (2019) From Quantified Self to Qualified Self - A data visualisation.

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Abstract:Over the years the Quantified Self movement has been widely discussed. Especially, considering the well-being. Self-tracking devices such as smartwatches and smartphones, allow users to track variables that can represent one own’s well-being in a data visualisation consistent of quantified numbers. However, the key challenge with these data visualisation is that the user cannot create insight out of the displayed data. In other words, the user cannot place the objective data in his or her subjective experience. This graduation report explores the possibilities of how the key challenge can be solved and the connection between the objective data and the subjective experience can be reconnected. The connection will lead to an extension of the Qualified Self, as the user expands one own’s self-knowledge with the additional and supportive information gained from the data visualisation. The findings answering the research question: “How can a data visualisation of the Quantified Self be created such that the user is actively engaged with one’s own data to shape one’s own Qualified Self?” will then be used to design a data visualisation. This data visualisation will enhance user interaction and allow the possibility to compare multiple variables measured. Based on a usability test of the data visualisation there is discussed that the Qualified Self is extended in means of confirmation, and design requirements are proposed for improving future data visualisations aiming to enhance the transition from Quantified Self to Qualified Self.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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