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Studying the impact of ubiquitous monitoring technology on office worker behaviours: the value of sharing research data

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  • Stuart Moran
  • Irene Lopez de Vallejo
  • Keiichi Nakata
  • Ruth Dalton
  • Rachael Luck
  • Peter McLennan
  • Stephen Hailes


Pervasive computing is a continually, and rapidly, growing field, although still remains in relative infancy. The possible applications for the technology are numerous, and stand to fundamentally change the way users interact with technology. However, alongside these are equally numerous potential undesirable effects and risks. The lack of empirical naturalistic data in the real world makes studying the true impacts of this technology difficult. This paper describes how two independent research projects shared such valuable empirical data on the relationship between pervasive technologies and users. Each project had different aims and adopted different methods, but successfully used the same data and arrived at the same conclusions. This paper demonstrates the benefit of sharing research data in multidisciplinary pervasive computing research where real world implementations are not widely available.