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PostHistory

PostHistory is one in a series of projects that explore the notion of history in computer applications and online environments. By developing time-based visualizations of digital activities, we hope to raise questions such as: what is digital memory? How can we understand, interact with and, more importantly, share our digital history? The visualizations in PostHistory mainly fall into two main categories: - email landscape - personal email social network Because we are interested in looking at changes over time, the main visual metaphor is the calendar. The social network visualizations are also animated over time. - Fernanda Viegas
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Quantified Breakup

Divorce is hard. Putting this process into numbers, images and data visualizations has been very helpful. It yanked me out of moments of all-consuming sadness at the beginning and now helps me understand that I'm doing ok, despite of how confused I might feel (looking for positive trends within the data!) I hope these web things can help you, too. - Lam Thuy Vo
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LifeTraces

As part of a CPSC 583 course at the University of Calgary, David Ledo created three distinct visualizations to keep track of personal data, then later combined these visualizations as a whole. Timeline: visualizes daily activities as in a timeline, colourized based on the type of activity taking place. TubeMap: visualizes locations logged throughout the day, the connection between these locations based on where you are going to and coming from, and the time spent at a particular place. MessageWaves: visualizes a messages that have been sent and received from various sources organized by contacts. In this visualization is is possible to see how many characters have been sent at a time, and makes it easy to compare messaging patterns between contacts LifeTraces: a combination of Timeline, TubeMap, and MessageWaves to provide a birds eye view of daily activities.
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Immersion

Immersion is an invitation to dive into the history of your email life in a platform that offers you the safety of knowing that you can always delete your data. Just like a cubist painting, Immersion presents users with a number of different perspectives of their email data. It provides a tool for self-reflection at a time where the zeitgeist is one of self-promotion. It provides an artistic representation that exists only in the presence of the visitor. It helps explore privacy by showing users data that they have already shared with others. Finally, it presents users wanting to be more strategic with their professional interactions, with a map to plan more effectively who they connect with. – Immersion Project
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Good Night SMS

Being in a long distance relationship requires a thoughtful way of communication. A text message as a rudimental and reliable fragment at the end of every day, that you don’t see each other, helps to make oneself more tangible, but also to reflect happenings like a diary would do. As a gift for our second anniversary I visualised my SMS in form of a necklace for my former girlfriend. – Paul Heinicker
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Dear Data

Each week we collect and measure a particular type of data about our lives, use this data to make a drawing on a postcard-sized sheet of paper, and then drop the postcard in an English “postbox” (Stefanie) or an American “mailbox” (Giorgia)! Eventually, the postcard arrives at the other person’s address with all the scuff marks of its journey over the ocean: a type of “slow data” transmission. By creating and sending the data visualizations using analogue instead of digital means, we are really just doing what artists have done for ages, which is sketch and try to capture the essence of the life happening around them. However, as we are sketching life in the modern digital age, life also includes everything that is counted, computed, and measured. We are trying to capture the life unfolding around us, but instead we are capturing this life through sketching the hidden patterns found within our data. – Dear Data
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