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It's not all about big data...

posted Jan 31, 2015, 6:59 PM by Jen Mankoff   [ updated Jan 31, 2015, 7:02 PM ]

Deborah Estrin's got a lot of interesting work going on around what she calls 'small data'. The page for her small data lab makes interesting reading. Here's an excerpt from the CFP for a workshop on small data experimentation being run by the same group this summer:

'Small data are the digital traces that individuals generate as a byproduct of daily activities, such as sending e-mail or exercising with fitness trackers. Small data production is poised to explode in richness and variety as users’ online activities expand and wearable and mobile devices proliferate. The transformations brought to large organizations by big data promise to be mirrored in innovations in wellness, productivity and interaction at a personal scale driven by small data. Realizing the promise of small data will require experimental research in data analytics and modeling, security and privacy, and user experience design'

Topics they are soliciting under include:

1. parsing, fusion, and modeling of diverse and noisy data streams to create informative and predictive models from personal data;
2. security and privacy for personal-data streams and applications; and
3. user experience design for novel interactions based on small data.