Go track yourself
Are you tired of being hunted down by marketers following your digital crumb-trail?
If the answer to that question is yes, you might want to take an interest in a panel called Getting Personal With Data: How Users Get Control — And What They Do With It. It's happening Tuesday morning at 9:30am (U.S. Eastern time) at Harvard Law School. I'll be moderating it, and the panelists are four very cool people, each working (one way or another) in the fields of self-tracking and personal informatics.
If the tech gods are with us, there will be a live stream I'll add to this post here. If not, you can always show up if you're local. It's free. (It might help us get a headcount, however, if you register here.)
Meanwhile, here are a bunch of links I'm posting to help all of us prepare.
- The Mine! Project
- Follow the Data
- User-driven search
- The MINT Initiative
- History of my self-tracking and Enjoymentland in general
- The Quantified Self, including Self-Tracking wins at the Mayo Clinic
- Daily Burn
- Cure Together (via Alexandra Carmichael)
- The Rise of Personal Informatics, which lists this bunch of tools—
- Right Side Up, including Volunteered Personal Information and The Personal Data Eco-System
- Happy Factor
- Information Answers, including Sales Process… meet Buying Process; and why context trumps segmentation
- Johnny Holland Magazine, especially The Power of Personal Informatics and Matt Jones' Personal Informatics: Polite, Pertinent, Pretty and… Persuasive?
- Everyware and Personal Informatics
- Google PowerMeter
- ListenLog and Keith Hopper's Six Key Traits of VRM ListenLog
- Customer World, including When Consumer Information Belongs to Consumers!
- Brian Oberkirch's Under Sousveillance: Personal Informatics & Techniques of the Self
Those are roughly in the order they appeared in my browser tabs; no priority suggested.
Please add more in the comments below. I am especially interested in open source efforts. If code is already out there, please point to it.
Meanwhile, hope to see some of ya'll on Tuesday.
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