Empowering Citizen Self-documentation: Re-inventing the Diary


  • Kresten Bjerg Institute of Psychology, University of Copenhagen




The paper outlines a series of assumptions about the future of ICT in the global broadband society and presents the theoretical reasoning behind a conceptual model, posing the notions of the “oikosphere” (from greek Oikos=Home) and the “somasphere”, and the formation of adequate reflexive tools as indispensable and necessary basis for any farsighted user oriented developmental agenda. It describes the background history and prolonged development of an early prototype of a reflexive tool, and goes into details concerning an instrumental innovation: Anticipated collaborative development of a global nucleus of glyphs referring to typicality’s of events and phenomena pertaining to the everyday life of citizens anchored in domestic settings, - outside or inside the broadband society. It places this developmental agenda in the context of a wider vision of an upcoming free-ware information-economy, where each person has a personal laptop, and challenges the traditional role of research as conducted by professionals with the notion of Citizen Science, empowering any citizen to collect empirically validated data concerning ongoing proximal phenomena Advantages to be gained from this type of approach e.g. in learning and healthcare are explicated, and a call for collaborative cross-cultural efforts to elaborate and refine this type of instrument is made.

Author Biography

Kresten Bjerg, Institute of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

1954 Studying Theater & Drama, Sorbonne, Paris 1961 Mag.art. in Psychology, University of Copenhagen 1962. Research fellow at Harvard University (With professor Henry A.Murray) 1963. Researcher at ”The suicide prevention Cente, Los Angeles 1964-1999 Research & teaching at institute of psychology, University of Copenhagen 1963-67: Interpersonal communication 1967-74: Altered states of consciousness 1974 ....:-.Home-oriented informatics & telematics 1974-1998: Developed & maintained an Experimental Home facility at the institute, for user-oriented empirical research on domestic information-technology & Domestic Information Dynamics 1995- 2008: Development and testing of a cross-platform freeware tool for users electronic laptop diary. 1999: Pensioned - Continuing this development...... Has been teaching "Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology" and "In and out of Theories of Personality" Publications e.g.: 1968 Interplay Analysis. A preliminary report on an approach to the problems of interpersonal understanding, Acta Psychologica, 28, p. 201 -24S, 1996 Home-Oriented Informatics, Telematics & Automation, in: Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology : Marcel Dekker, Pittsburg Penn. 2000 Citizen Science Implications of Public Access to 3- D Hypermedia Editing and Interactivity in the Home. Consumers as researchers - Homes as laboratories, in: Home Informatics and Telematics. Eds: Andy Sloane, Felix van Rijn. Klüwer Academic Publishers. For further information see www.psy.ku.dk/bjerg (briefly incapacitated until may 2008) and www.phenomenalog.dk




How to Cite

Bjerg, K. (2008). Empowering Citizen Self-documentation: Re-inventing the Diary. Observatorio (OBS*), 2(2). https://doi.org/10.15847/obsOBS222008198