SIGMM CARPE page – archived here

SIGMM seems to have changed their website and deleted member and research area pages. So, to preserve the SIGMM CARPE page, I am posting it here.


Personal storage of all one’s media throughout a lifetime has been desired and discussed since at least 1945, when Vannevar Bush published As We May Think, positing the “Memex” device “in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.” His vision was astonishingly broad for the time, including full-text search, annotations, hyperlinks, virtually unlimited storage and even stereo cameras mounted on eyeglasses. In 2004, storage, sensor, and computing technology have progressed to the point of making Memex feasible and even affordable. Indeed, we can now look beyond Memex at new possibilities. In particular, while media capture has typically been sparse throughout a lifetime, we can now consider continuous archival and retrieval of all media relating to personal experiences.

CARPE research is very broad, including the following topics:

  • Capture/sensors (e.g., scanning, wearable, embedded, different kinds of sensors, robotic assistance), experiential sampling.
  • Data storage, management, organization and retrieval
  • Insight: content analysis and data mining
  • User interface issues, including: visualization, authoring, story-telling, annotation
  • Applications: e.g., personal museum, health-support, childcare, research tools, meeting capture.
  • Security, privacy, and legal issues

The first workshop title used the word “continuous” rather than “capture”. After some reflection, we decided “capture” was better, because we wanted to include research that was not continuous in nature, but still made an important contribution to the study of lifelong experience capture.

CARPE Workshop

Links to past workshops: CARPE 2004    CARPE 2005   CARPE 2006

Mailing List

Click here to see postings to the CARPE mailing list and for subscription instructions

Microsoft Research Digital Memories (Memex) Funding Program

Microsoft Research has now announced the winners of the Digital Memories (Memex) request for proposals, which includes funding, hardware, and software.


As We May Think, by Vannevar Bush, The Atlantic Monthly, 176(1), July 1945, 101-108.
Aware Home
CARPE 2004 Workshop
Deja View
Designing for Collective Remembering Workshop
eChronicle 2006 Workshop
Exploiting Context Histories In Smart Environments (ECHISE) Workshop 2005
Experiential Personal Information Management
Gray Turing Award Lecture, including “Personal Memex”
Interaction Media
I Sensed
Keeping Things Found
Lifestreams   Scopeware (based on LifeStreams)  
Memories for Life grand challenge proposal (UK) Memories for Life Colloquium Dec 12, 2006.
Memory and Sharing of Experience Workshop
NSF PIM Workshop Jan 2005
OLIVER (in the 2nd paper of this file: “The Computer as a Communication Device” by Licklider and Taylor)
PERMM & Shoebox
Pervasive 2004 Workshop on Memory and Sharing of Experiences
Reality Mining Group @ MIT
Remembrance Agent
Stuff I’ve Seen
Teddy (Donald Norman, 1992)
Time-Machine Computing
Total Recall
What Was I Thinking?
Xanadu  Ted Nelson Udanax

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