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The digital diary is designed to offer an extreme degree of interface user-adaptability. From the most simple, almost illiterate, to the most complex and reflexive.
Use-patterns may range from more or less continual to once or twice per day or just occasional
Target groups could be :
A). Citizens, whose everyday is complicated by old & new disabilities, aging, chronic diseases, acute illnesses, symptoms, tests, waiting periods, treatments, exercises in physical therapy, medication, therapy, medication side effects, health care, patient transport, appointments, addiction rehab etc.
The tool could serve such users to remember – and document – their experiences.
B) Relatives and personal caretakers for severely disabled and chronically ill patients, who feel responsible for their everyday life, at home or in nursing homes, and thereby not only have to overcome the patient's body care and monitoring, timing and administration of the patient's affairs and agreements, transport and economy - but also - in addition to general and special household (shopping, cooking, cleaning, washing) must administer own body-household, personal finances and (more or less digitized) information-household (telephone SMS - email -radio- TV).
C) People who are very much alone, and people who are easily bored .
They may here be provided with a platform to "talk with themselves" and, through recording of their factual around-the-clock experiences,come to look at their own priorities, habits and everyday life in slightly new ways.
This must also apply to persons in programs like AA, and prisoners and clients in institutions for re-education / rehabilitation, where the aim is, that they reflect, change their mind , reach a higher level of self-understanding and mindfulness .Here the ensurance of non-disclosure will be essential.
In the long term they might contribute to the development and improvement of the tool, so it will be better for other people like themselves.
D). People who want to learn more about IT and accumulate experiences in developing either basic or higher levels of digital literacy, across the handling of text, images and sound, calendar, contacts, SMS, mail, internet etc.
By opening a 24/7 diary-trail along the everyday life´s journey, where events, challenges, time consumption and general informationhousehold is contextualized, the user ensures her/himself at least a marginal documentationpower in face of the offers, demands and allurements of an ever accelerating unscrupulous global information society
With its built-in tools
- for users assembling functional links to personally relevant and recurrently useful internet-sites,
- for accumulating notes to a wide range of user-labelled (school?)subjects
- for accumulating personal IDs and passwords
- and for the drawing of Mind-maps
it should also be usefull in school systems aiming to train students to feel at home and competent in a digitized society.
E) People, especially elderly, who have a hard time facing the many obstacles in the IT community, remembering instructions, procedures, PINs and passwords, delays and postponements, due dates and deadlines, changing relationships with the public social and health administrators, support and help contacts, subscriptions and payment arrangements.
Most concretely short introductory courses could be offered, including the establishment of experience sharing networks.
F) Teachers and students in graphic design and IT, who here will find meaningful tasks in the pictogram design for glyphs (pictograms, having regard to everyday events) that challenges their creativity, and which can be subjected to qualitative evaluation.
Also cross-cultural aspects could here be taken into consideration.