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A Stage-Based Model of Personal Informatics Systems

July 3, 2020

In 2010 Ian Li, Anind Dey, and Jodi Forlizzi published a prescient paper called “A Stage-Based Model of Personal Informatics Systems” based on interviews in the Quantified Self community. In tidying up my research materials after publishing a short perspective in Frontiers of Computer Science called “A Framework for Personal Science” I came across this…

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QS Show & Tell — June 16 2020

June 16, 2020

Thank you to everybody who came and presented! This is a list of links and resources that may be helpful if are interested in the projects presented tonight. General Resources Intro Slides: QS Show&Tell Welcome June 16 2020 Open Humans: openhumans.org Quantified Flu: quantifiedflu.org Quantified Self Forum: forum.quantifiedself.com Presenter Links Bob Troia: Quantified Bob Mad…

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Design and Implementation of Participant-Led Research

September 3, 2019

We’ve been organizing small group projects that show how collaboration can make individual projects easier. We published a white paper documenting the design and implementation of our “Bloodtesters” participant-led research (PLR), hoping it will be useful to others who follow in our footsteps.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Whitney E. Boesel: My Numbers Sucked, But I Made This Baby Anyway (Part 1)

August 13, 2018

Despite the fact that our human existence relies on pregnant women and birth, there is surprisingly very little understood when a woman doesn’t fall within the “averages” and the “knowns.” We are all so different, and any woman knows that her body at some point will most likely not fall within the “average” range and…

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Tracking Happiness: Ellis Bartholomeus

July 16, 2018

Sharing Ellis Bartholomeus, again–not only because she’s awesome–but, the project she presented at 2015 QS Europe Conference in Amsterdam, Draw a Face a Day relates to a recent post on Tracking Happiness.  Like Ashish’s project, Ellis tracks her mood with 1 simple task at the end of the day–but, instead of using a number (at least…

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Tracking Happiness: Ashish Mukharji

July 11, 2018

Another conceptually simple idea, but still just as profound, comes from a project by Ashish Mukharji called Tracking Happiness, presented at a Bay Area Meetup in 2013. It’s another great example of the timelessness of QS projects. QS’ers are constantly asking ageless questions where the answers are often in flux as our bodies and minds…

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Tracking Gratitude: Dan Armstrong

July 6, 2018

Dan Armstrong kept a gratitude list for two years and shared his project Learning from Gratitude at a New York Meetup in 2015. Armstrong is a writer and in this talk, he shares how keeping a gratitude list every day for the past two year has changed his habits, actions and outlook. Every morning Armstrong…

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Tracking Our Past: Ellis Bartholomeus

July 4, 2018

Ellis Bartholemeus is a big fan of quantifying and at QS17 she presented her project My Health Scars that shares her “quantified body” from tracking and measuring her physical scars. Scars represent memories from the past that are often derived from traumatic events. However, there can be deep learnings lived through each “representative” scar and…

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Music Habits Analyzed Through Tracking: Steven Jonas

July 2, 2018

Steven Jonas presented his interesting project, Spaced Listening to the Bay Area Meetup Group at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley in 2017. In this project, Steven takes a very active role in his music engagement to increase his listening palate. Steven knows that he needs to listen to an album a few times…