Digital Object Memories comprise hardware and software components that physically and/or conceptually associate digital information with real-world objects in an application-independent manner. Such information can take many different forms (structured data and documents, pictures, audio/video streams, etc.) and originate from a variety of sources (automated processes, sensors in the environment, users, etc.). If constantly updated, Digital Object Memories over time provide a meaningful record of an object's history and use.
From a technical point of view, Digital Object Memories provide an open-loop infrastructure for the exchange of object-related information across application and environment boundaries. Besides fostering information reuse and reducing the risk of information inconsistencies, they such allow for novel classes of applications in which rich object histories are created and exploited.
From the user's point of view, Digital Object Memories create a new design space for everyday interactions. Digital Objects could become sites for their owners’ personal stories, but also afford people the opportunity to explore an object’s provenance and connections to other elements of physical and digital life. In this sense there is the potential for designers to augment or even transform our relationship with objects and the services that they mediate.
The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together technical experts, artists, designers, and potential end-users of Digital Object Memories in order to discuss technical, social, privacy, and legal implications of digital object memory systems, to establish a common view on requirements to digital memories, and to leverage cooperation in future activities.
Registration for the workshop is possible via the Intelligent Environments registration website.
The registration fee for the workshop is 150 EUR, which covers the costs for the room, coffee breaks, and the printed workshop proceedings with all presented articles. Joined registration fees for both, the workshop and the main conference, start at 370 EUR.