About Open Humans
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
Wood Johnson Foundation and the
Our 2015 launch was written up in
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
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
Are you a researcher or citizen scientist?
We want to help you use our platform!
Get started right away with public data available on
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.
About our organization
The Open Humans Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to
enabling individuals to access their data and share it with research studies.
Other projects of the organization include the Global Network of Personal
Genome Projects and the Genome Environments Trait (GET) Conference.
Data Use Policy, and
Community Guidelines. We
welcome feedback on these documents publicly or privately.
We believe in sharing.
is an open source project, as are as other modules, packages, and code
in our technical stack. You're welcome to create "issues" in our
repository and comment on our code. However, please report security issues
privately by emailing us at
If you have any questions for us, feel free to
In a sense, our "team" is enormous – the Open Humans community is
filled with amazing members, citizen scientists, and researchers that make
science something we can all be part of. We're humbled by this! Our formal
staff is a small team committed to making this community a success.
Madeleine Price Ball
Madeleine is the Executive Director of the Open Humans Foundation,
co-founder of Open Humans, and PI of the
Public Data Sharing study.
She is also a
Foundation Fellow, pursuing a vision of open
approaches to human health data sharing.
Bastian Greshake Tzovaras
Director of Research
Bastian is Director of Research of the Open Humans Foundation, and
facilitates our collaborative work with projects, studies, and the
Open Humans community at large. Bastian has a long history in
open science, including his work with
openSNP, which he co-founded in 2011.
Web Development & Operations
Steph is a developer with a background in research and open science.
Steph helps manage the Open Humans code, informatics, and operations.
She has experience with complex systems programming, web development,
and front end design – and she's also skilled at
entomological specimen preparation!