Wednesday, August 14, 2019

New article: Information Literacy in Food and Activity Tracking

A New article by Pam McKinney and other colleagues here at the Information School:
McKinney, P., Cox, A.M., and Sbaffi, L. (2019). Information Literacy in Food and Activity Tracking Among Parkrunners, People With Type 2 Diabetes, and People With Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Exploratory Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(8):e13652. (open access)
"The aim of this study was to analyze food and activity tracking from an information literacy perspective. An online survey was distributed to three communities via parkrun, and the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Network. The data showed that there were clear differences in the logging practices of the members of the three different communities, as well as differences in motivations for tracking and the extent of sharing of said tracked data. Respondents showed a good understanding of the importance of information accuracy and were confident in their ability to understand tracked data, however, there were differences in the extent to which food and activity data were shared and also a lack of understanding of the potential reuse and sharing of data by third parties. .. Information literacy in this context involves developing awareness of the issues of accurate information recording, and how tracked information can be applied to support specific health goals. Developing awareness of how and when to share data, as well as of data ownership and privacy, are also important aspects of information literacy."
Photo by Sheila Webber: People jogging and walking in the Botanic Gardens, Sydney, July 2019

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