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Help us test the new QS Website

March 28, 2019

Thank you for exploring the new website for the QS community. You are part of a “work in progress” and all comment is welcome and useful.  We have a list of small things to fix and a list of bigger improvements to make in the months ahead, but even if you think we already know about the issues you notice, go ahead and mention them anyway. You might have seen something new!

An N-of-1 experiment helps a physician identify the trigger of painful swallowing.

March 25, 2019

Dr. Alexander Smith found the trigger of his throat pain by eliminating a likely culprit from his diet: dairy. He noted that the pain disappeared, and then reintroducing the offending food and noticing that the pain came back. This simple protocol substituted for a much more difficult process that is typically recommended, saving him a lot of time, stress, and money.

What did you learn?

March 20, 2019

We’ve posted more than thirty new Show&Tell videos from our conference in Portland, including Professor Allen Neuringer’s remarkable opening talk about what he’s learned from thirty years of doing and teaching self-experimentation.

The Human Right to Science

March 20, 2019

Over the last year, we’ve been working on the launch of a new nonprofit organization called Article 27, whose mission is to advance the human right to participate in science. Inspired by the achievements of the Quantified Self community, we want to do what we can to help everybody trying to learn about themselves using empirical methods.

Three Wishes From Exactly Ten Years Ago

October 23, 2018

Exactly ten years ago, at an early Quantified Self meetup, Joe Betts-La Croix expressed “three wishes” for tools to make data collection for self-tracking easier. Joe asked for: A simple database that would accept data inputs from anybody using fairly simple and adaptable formats (for instance .xml) and just hold it there, eventually allowing other…

QS18: Thank You!

September 24, 2018

The Quantified Self Conference was held on September 22nd and 23rd in Portland, Oregon. Over the two days of the conference we had over eighty talks, presentations, and breakout discussions about self-tracking, everyday science, and “self-knowledge through numbers.”  Over the next few weeks we will be posting videos, slides and notes, but for now let us…

QS18 Preview: Map Your Ovulatory Cycle with Continuous Body Temperature

September 9, 2018

  Surprisingly little of the attention and funding turned to personalized, predictive, preventative medicine has focused on the female reproductive system: pregnancy onset cannot be quickly identified, menopause onset and trajectory remain entirely mysterious, and adverse reactions to tools like hormonal birth control are difficult to anticipate. Importantly, there are no automated, cheap, high-accuracy methods…

QS18 Preview: Maggie Delano and the Pomodoro Trail to a PhD

September 7, 2018

Maggie Delano is a professor of engineering and very experienced self-tracker whose pioneering work on DIY measurements systems includes a fluid status monitor for patients with congestive heart failure and a wearable device that continuously measures single lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and three axis acceleration data for up to one week. She wrote the first Quantified…

QS18 Preview: Esther Dyson and Three Sleep Trackers

September 5, 2018

Esther Dyson is a board member of 23andme, former chair of ICANN and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and an investor in companies like Omada Health, PatientsLikeMe, and Medspace. But, like the rest of us, she spends a good portion of her life unconscious. While sleeping, she collects data with three different devices: Oura, Whoop, and…

QS18 Profile: Aaron Parecki and 10 Years of Location Data

September 4, 2018

If you were to look at Aaron Parecki’s map of his hometown, there is only a slight chance you’d recognize it as Portland, Oregon. Some roads are brightly colored thick lines that stand out against a black background and others are thin, barely visible filaments that are easy to miss. There are no marked roads…

The Personal Data Exploratory On Open Humans

August 30, 2018

In May we released the Personal Data Notebooks with Open Humans. These interactive documents – which bring together text, images and code – are designed to easily access an individual’s own personal data. At the launch of the Personal Data Notebooks we invited the Open Humans and Quantified Self community to contribute their own personal…

We Have Posted The Conference Program for QS18!

August 19, 2018

Please join us at QS18 for over 60 first person talks, tool demos, and expert-lead workshops about self-tracking, N-of-1, and everyday science. Our focus this year is on “QS&Learning.” Along with a special plenary talk and discussion by pioneering teacher, scholar and self-experimenter Alan Neuringer, we are bringing together Quantified Self experts from all over…

Erica Forzani: Understanding My Pregnancy

August 17, 2018

Following closely behind Whitney’s pregnancy project, it is fitting to share Erica Forzani’s pregnancy tracking project that can inspire any human who has carried a human in her belly. In addition to just being pregnant and dealing with the work involved with growing a human, Erica tracked her blood glucose levels, physical dimensions, weight, resting metabolic…

Whitney E. Boesel: Cholesterol Variability: Hours, Days, And My Ovulatory Cycle (Part II)

August 15, 2018

After conceiving a beautiful baby girl, Whitney E. Boesel participated in the Bloodtester’s Project – a group of self-trackers conducting their own experiments to better understand their cholesterol together. After having her baby, Whitney learned that her cholesterol was unusually high and she became curious to understand what the cause was. She presented her findings, Cholesterol Variability: Hours, Days,…

Vivienne Ming: Tracking My Son's Diabetes

August 10, 2018

Vivienne Ming is an accomplished neuroscientist and an entrepreneur, however this project is not about her kick-ass professional work, instead, it’s deeply personal about how she manages her son’s diabetes. Vivienne presented her project, Tracking My Son’s Diabetes at the 2013 QS Global Conference. When Vivienne’s not conducting research or working on new ideas she’s…

Ilyse Magy: Know Thy Cycle, Know Thyself

August 8, 2018

Women are increasingly (albeit slowly) taking more control in work, politics, life and society. However, unfortunately, being a woman means one has to consistently work extra hard to understand and know her own body to stay in control, because, unfortunately according to the laws of many governments and society-at-large, her body isn’t truly hers.  At…

Tracking Our Senses: Elliot Hedman

August 6, 2018

Another thoughtful project that studies the human’s physiological response to music is one by Elliott Hedman who studied himself and others’ physiological measurements during a classical concert. In addition to tracking himself and others with EDA sensors, Elliott also videotaped the sensors to track where in the music, people’s sensors were triggered and shifted. He learned…