Orison

A storytelling solution for narrating past personal experiences from large-scale multimodal lifelogs.

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Orison is my thesis system and allows for the construction of digital narratives from personal lifelog content. It builds upon previous prototype evaluation systems and forms a fully fledged narrative authoring system.

The tool, dubbed Orison, was developed with Adobe AIR and is a complete cross-platform desktop application. The system was fully implemented having all of the expected behaviors and functionality of a media-editing tool from single click installation, to export and import of completed works.

The software was designed based on initial probative and exploratory studies with the scrapbooking community and the method of digital storytelling enabled closely resembled that observed in these studies: album based two-dimensional layouts. Additionally, the tool's workflow was intended to closely match their observed patterns and practices of work, albeit in a digital environment. Three primary actions were identified: locating information for inclusion in a layout (browsing); the arrangement of content into a working layout (composition); committing that layout to an album and situating it appropriately (placing). There are three major sections within the application, each relating to one of these functions. Each section is given a unique aesthetic 'flavor' which aimed to reinforce its goal. For example, the working space in which compositions are arranged, called the scratchpad, has a rough worn background while the album placement area has a more clean and finished appearance.

The tool has been deployed within DCU to several long term lifelog collection users to over 100 users to explore the mediated use of these collections with motivated third parties