Data City: Leveraging Data Embodiment Towards Building the Sense of Data Ownership

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Human-Data Interaction (HDI) is an emerging area of research as personal data are being increasingly collected, analyzed and traded. We conducted a small-scale qualitative research to explore people’s perception, behaviour and attitude towards data via survey, interview and workshop. The results revealed that the vagueness of data ownership is the main concern. To form a better understanding, also help the novice users to have an enhanced awareness on their data privacy, together with the findings, we leverage embodied interaction aiming at enhancing the sense of data ownership through providing augmented physical representations. Following this approach, we propose an Augmented Reality installation ‘DataCity’ as a sample application, that connects the user’s smartphone application data to physical objects. Through physical manipulation and augmented reality control, our design provides evidence on how to clear the boundaries of users’ personal data, building their senses of ownership and eventually develop a better privacy literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractivity and Game Creation - 9th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAnthony Brooks, Eva Irene Brooks, Duckworth Jonathan
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-73426-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-73425-1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Event9th EAI International Conference on Arts and Technology, Interactivity, and Game Creation, ArtsIT 2020 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 10 Dec 202011 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume367 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X


Conference9th EAI International Conference on Arts and Technology, Interactivity, and Game Creation, ArtsIT 2020


  • Data embodiment
  • Data ownership
  • Human-Data Interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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