Stimulating photo curation on smartphones

Xenia Zürn, Saskia Bakker, Mendel Broekhuijsen, Annemarie Zijlema, Doménique Van Gennip, Elise Van Den Hoven

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    5 Citations (Scopus)


    Personal photo collections have grown due to digital photography and the introduction of smartphones, and photo collections have become harder to manage. Deleting photos appears to be difficult and the task of curation is often perceived as not enjoyable. The lack of curation can make it harder to retrieve photos when people need them for various reasons, such as individual reminiscing, shared remembering or self-presentation. In this study we investigate how we can stimulate people to organise their photo collections on their smartphones. Ten participants evaluated and qualitatively compared four applications with different characteristics regarding voting on and deleting photos. We found that voting on photos is easier and more enjoyable in comparison to deleting photos, that participants showed reminiscence while organising, that deleting can be frustrating, that participants have different preferences for sorting and viewing photos and that voting could make deleting and retrieving easier.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHIIR 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450360258
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2019
    Event4th ACM SIGIR Conference on Information Interaction and Retrieval, CHIIR 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Mar 201914 Mar 2019


    Conference4th ACM SIGIR Conference on Information Interaction and Retrieval, CHIIR 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Design research
    • Interaction design
    • Photo curation
    • Smartphone

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Information Systems


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