Sharing real-time biometric data across social networks: requirements for research experiments

Franco Curmi, Maria Angela Ferrario, Jon Whittle

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There is growing research interest in exploring how biometric data is and can be shared across online social networks. However, most existing tools for sharing biometric data lock researchers into vendor-specific solutions that cannot be easily adapted to the specific researchers' requirements, users' needs and ethical considerations. To mitigate this, we investigate the requirements for open source researcher-oriented biometric data sharing systems. Requirements were captured using: first-hand insights from two prototype deployments, a systematic review of the literature, and interviews with HCI researchers who have built such tools. The requirements thus captured were implemented in the BioShare system and insights from implementing these requirements are presented. BioShare allows users both to share data but also receive inputs from remote viewers of the data in real-time. Concurrently it provides logging capabilities for researchers to analyze system interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
EditorsShaowen Bardzell, Carman Neustaedter, Eric Paulos
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450329026
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventDesigning Interactive Systems 2014 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems 2014
Abbreviated titleDIS 2014
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  • Biometric data
  • Data sharing
  • Design
  • Prototyping
  • Social network
  • System requirements

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