Information dynamics in extreme environments: ultra-adventure racing

Project: Internally funded project

Project Details


Internally funded by CIS dept, University of Northumbria. Lead: Ed Hyatt; collaborators: Dr Morgan Harvey, Dr Matt Pointon, and Dr Perla Innocenti. Fieldwork experiment designed to consider human computer interaction, information behaviour, and information retrieval. This is facilitated by studying participants of The Great Outdoors Challenge (TGO) 2019 on their journeys through the Scottish Highlands; a trip which entails cross-country travel in conditions requiring overnight camps and complex navigation.
The project will develop understanding of recreationalist’s human-computer interactions and their impacts via the collection of data sets generated during this event. Data was gathered via satellite trackers and communicators, screen capture of mobile devices, and various associated metrics. This original project brings together research on information behaviour and mobile interface design, search, and interaction.
Publications under way.
Effective start/end date1/04/19 → …


  • information behaviour
  • information use
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • HCI
  • mobile computing
  • backpacking
  • thru-hiking
  • outdoor activities
  • The Great Outdoors Challenge
  • Scotland
  • GPS
  • digital technologies
  • adventure
  • challenge


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