You get a personal data site, and you get one, and you too

Posted to Self-surveillance  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

Personal data collection keeps getting easier and more efficient. Much of what was manual or clunky a few years ago is now automatic, done via the phone we carry every day anyway. More recently, personal data is finding a way out of the closed networks and applications and on to our own computers and servers.

Anand Sharma’s personal site is the newest example of what an individual can do with his or her own data. On a whim a few months ago, Sharma downloaded the Moves app, which tracks your location, and was hooked. Then with some design inspiration from Tony Stark, Sharma put a site together to show a feed a several aspects of his life, mostly tracked with his phone.

Above is the homepage, full of concentric circles similar to Iron Man’s holographic interface. It’s a fun view, but the meat of the site is in the breakdowns.

The “sport” section shows runs, climbs, and other aspects of his health.

Aprilzero sport

The “explorer” section shows travels and more everyday activities.

Aprilzero explorer

There’s also a third “journal” section, which is a blog holder for Sharma’s thoughts. Be sure to check out the most recent process post about the making of the site.

The site is fun to poke at, and it’s easy to see how this might apply to your own life and daily activities. Again though, the best part is that this is possible, with little effort compared to just a few years ago. Let the apps in the background do most of the work for you. Then take your data out of the one-size-fits-all profile and make something catered exactly to your needs.


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