Open Humans

Participate in research. Share your data. Learn more together.

A free program of the nonprofit Open Humans Foundation

Dana Lewis
Patient Principal Investigator

"The Data Commons approach allows people to donate their data anonymously to research. It also makes this data more easily available for research, including to people (patient researchers) who aren't affiliated with an organization."


Liz Salmi
Patient Advocate & Brain Cancer Blogger

"It's a very personal choice to share health information. What is right for me isn't necessarily right for everyone."


James Turner
Citizen Scientist & Project Creator

"Because the researchers and participants have a much more collaborative attitude than the typical research project, you really feel like you’re a part of the science, not just another anonymized identifier in a database."


Contribute to research & citizen science!

Through Open Humans, you can gather valuable data about yourself and find cool projects to share it with.

1. Sign up

2. Connect data

3. Join projects

Your data is more powerful when you're a part of it!

Open Humans is a program of the nonprofit Open Humans Foundation and has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Knight Foundation. Our 2015 launch was written up in Forbes, Newsweek, Scientific American, and more.

You decide when to share. You have valuable data, and you'll decide when to share it. The data you provide will be private by default. You can choose which projects to share with. You can also opt to make some (or all) of your data public, so anyone can access and research it!

Studies, projects, and more. Browse our activities list to see the many potential data sources you can add, and interesting projects you can join.

Be a part of research. We'll recognize your contributions with badges on your profile page, invite you to talk to other community members in our online forums, and periodically post new activities, study updates, and relevant interviews in our newsletters and on our blog.

Are you a researcher or citizen scientist?

We want to help you use our platform! Get started right away with public data available on members' public profiles, and through our Public Data API.

You can also create projects to work directly with members, using APIs and on-site tools! Projects have tons of options: they can invite members to anonymously share data, help members add new data, invite them to surveys, and more. It's free and works immediately!

Got a great idea? Grants of up to $5000 are available for projects that expand the Open Humans ecosystem.

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Harvard Personal Genome Project
George Church
Harvard Medical School
Connected by 803 members

The Harvard PGP seeks to share genomes and associated health data, despite potential for re-identification, to advance research in human health and biology.

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Uploaded by 655 members

23andMe is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company that tests about one million genetic locations.

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Connected by 220 members

Fitbit makes activity trackers and health devices like scales for recording health data.

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Uploaded by 190 members's AncestryDNA is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing product that tests about 700,000 genetic locations.

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Connected by 165 members

RunKeeper is a free smartphone app for GPS fitness-tracking. You can use it to record GPS timepoint data for runs, walks, bicycling, and other exercise.

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Joseph K. Pickrell
Gencove, Inc.
Connected by 153 members

Your genome app - get your ancestry, microbiome, and more! Contribute your data to OpenHumans.

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Open Humans Healthkit Integration
James Turner
Connected by 131 members

Install this third-party app on your iPhone or iPad to upload HealthKit data to Open Humans.

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Nightscout Data Transfer
James Wedding, P.E.
The Nightscout Foundation
Connected by 116 members

A tool to easily enable upload of data from individual Nightscout databases to the Open Humans platform

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Wild Life of Our Homes
Rob Dunn
North Carolina State University
Connected by 108 members

Wild Life of Our Homes invited people to help study the bacteria and fungi living in their homes. This study is complete, but former participants can import their data.

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American Gut
Rob Knight
University of California, San Diego
Connected by 93 members

American Gut is a crowdfunded study building on the Knight Lab's work with the Human Microbiome Project. Answer survey questions and collect samples at home, and get an analysis of your microbiome.

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Genome/Exome Data
Uploaded by 79 members

Do you have genome or exome data? You can upload genome, exome, and genotyping data in VCF format.

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Gut Instinct
Vineet Pandey
UCSD Design Lab
Connected by 78 members

Learn about current science of the gut microbiome with expert-curated learning materials.

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Connected by 73 members

Withings makes consumer electronics devices for tracking health and fitness like a scale and a blood pressure monitor. Withings also makes an app called HealthMate which users can enter their health measurements in.

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Connected by 73 members

Moves is an always-on steps and location logging app for iPhone and Android. It classifies activities as walking, cycling, running, transit, and many other types.

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Data selfie
Uploaded by 72 members

Do you a have a data type that we don't yet support? Upload any files you want to your Data Selfie. Lab results, instrument data, and medical imaging are examples of data you might want to share.

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Uploaded by 50 members

uBiome is a biotechnology company based in San Francisco that gives individuals and organizations access to sequencing technology to sequence their microbiomes with a sampling kit and website.

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Connected by 31 members

Jawbone makes activity trackers and health devices like scales for recording health data.

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Stephen Friend
Sage Bionetworks
Uploaded by 6 members

The mPower study uses an iPhone app to investigate, track, and understand the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

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