A free program of the nonprofit Open Humans Foundation
"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."
"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."
Through Open Humans, you can gather valuable data about yourself and find cool projects to share it with.
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.
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.
The Harvard PGP seeks to share genomes and associated health data, despite potential for re-identification, to advance research in human health and biology.
23andMe is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company that tests about one million genetic locations.
Fitbit makes activity trackers and health devices like scales for recording health data.
Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing product that tests about 700,000 genetic locations.
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.
Your genome app - get your ancestry, microbiome, and more! Contribute your data to OpenHumans.
Install this third-party app on your iPhone or iPad to upload HealthKit data to Open Humans.
A tool to easily enable upload of data from individual Nightscout databases to the Open Humans platform
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.
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.
Learn about current science of the gut microbiome with expert-curated learning materials.
Do you have genome or exome data? You can upload genome, exome, and genotyping data in VCF format.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jawbone makes activity trackers and health devices like scales for recording health data.