The idea of the Digital Me (DiMe) server is to collect your personal data from various loggers into a central place that you control. You can run DiMe in your local machine or in a dedicated server. The DiMe server source code is open source software distributed under the GNU Affero General Public Licence (AGPL) Version 3.
You can start collecting your personal data in two steps:
The Digital Me software was developed in the Re:Know research project, which aimed to create information-seeking and sense-making methods supporting future knowledge work.
A general desktop logger that logs documents opened on your
computer, such as PDFs, text files and Office documents.
While the desktop logger also logs PDF documents, it does
not know exactly what parts you are reading. If you need that
information you can use the PeyeDF PDF reader, which logs the
exact areas of the PDFs that you have displayed. If you have
an eye tracker it can also track what parts you have actually
read. PeyeDF is only available for Mac OS X.
The only requirement for running DiMe server is Java JRE version 8 or above.
Download the ZIP file and unzip the package. Next, for Mac OS X and Linux, open a terminal window and change to this directory, and run:
or for Windows systems you can double-click the
It will take a few seconds to start up, once you see the message "Started Application in X seconds" you can access your DiMe dashboard by opening a web browser and going to the address: http://localhost:8080/
This is the DiMe server that runs completely on your own computer!
The first step is to create an account for yourself by clicking on "Register a new account." After this you can log in. Unfortunately your DiMe will be empty, so the next step is to start logging, by installing one of the DiMe loggers. You can find a list above.
If you want DiMe to start automatically the next time you restart your computer, you can run the installer script in this directory:
This will install DiMe into the folder
and set up autostarting for supported operating systems.
Currently we support Mac OS X, and Linux systems running an
XDG compliant desktop or systemd.
After installing autorun you may remove the unzipped directory if you
wish (since DiMe is now installed in
The installer script will output the command needed to undo the install operation for your system.