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Urban datasexual

Dominic Basulto parallels the urban metrosexual to those who collect personal data. The same cultural zeitgeist that gave us the metrosexual - the urban male…

Missing Pieces

Leave it to Robert Krulwich to bring us back to life in the world of personal data. In reference to Stephen Wolfram's dive into emails,…

Personal map of 2.5m GPS data points, 3.5 years in the making

Aaron Parecki, co-creator of location platform Geoloqi, has collected his location every few seconds for over three years. He put his data on a map.…

The personal analytics of Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram examines his archive of personal data from emails to keystrokes to phone calls, going all the way back to 1990. Above shows the…

Keeping track of yourself

The quantified self movement continues: This may sound creepy, but tens of thousands of patients around the world are already sharing information about symptoms and…

Feltron Report 2010/2011 is out

When Nicholas Felton headed over to Facebook last year, I thought we'd seen the last of what's become an annual tradition, but it seems to…

Basketball net will rate the force of dunks during Slam Dunk Contest

Sometimes power dunks don't get much credit, because it's hard to see on television how hard the ball was thrown down. The MIT Media Lab…

Own and securely store your location with OpenPaths

There are a lot of ways to collect your location, whether it's for journaling and personal reflection or for sharing with others, but it can…

Record your movements with AntiMap

AntiMap is an open source toolset that lets you record movements with your iPhone or Android phone. Originally developed as a way for snowboarders to…

Dynamic run paintings with Nike+

Personal data collection can be a tough sell at times, but with the Nike+, which lets you record your runs, thousands have taken part in…

A year of food consumption visualized

My pending thesis is on personal data collection (i.e. quantified self, personal informatics, self-surveillance, or whatever you wanna call it), so there's a special place…

One man’s travel patterns – Atlas of the Habitual

FInding himself in a new town, with a new job, Tim Clark started tracking his location on August 24, 2010, and ended 200 days later…

Life captured in data, charts, and graphs

Nice piece from NYT on seeing your life in data: “There’s going to continue to be innovation with new, powerful data around the plumbing of…

Track your daily stress and health levels with Basis

With the success of FitBit and the current wave of self-tracking, it was only a matter of time before something like Basis came out (currently…

Mapping and documenting a year of travels

Cartographer Andy Woodruff documents all the places he goes, resulting in the pretty map above. I have collected all my travels within the immediate local…

What you do online is data

Zachary Seward for the Wall Street Journal gives some thought to what he does online via applications like Twitter and Foursquare. He notes, "[I just]…

Gary Wolf on the quantified self

In his five-minute TED talk (below), Gary Wolf describes the quantified self and why it matters: The self isn't the only thing. It's not even…

Graph and explore your Gmail inbox

Your email says a lot about who you are, who you interact with, and what you're up to at any given time. Maybe it's receipts…

A house that knows when you’re happy and sad

Auger Loizeau, in collaboration with Reyer Zwiggelaar and Bashar Al-Rjoub, describe their smart-home project Happylife. It monitors facial expressions and movements to estimate a family's…

Discuss: Why collect data about yourself?

Personal data fascinates me. I collect data about myself mostly as a way to journal and document the present so that I can look back…

Poyozo the personal data gatherer

Take a moment and think off all the data you put other there on separate Web services. Email, photos, status updates, documents, location, contacts, and…

Quantified Nerds

The quantified self sounds great on paper. The task: keep track of important facets of your daily life. The result: gain a better understanding of…