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 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.


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.


Website policies

We have a very readable Terms of Use, Data Use Policy, and Community Guidelines. We welcome feedback on these documents publicly or privately.


Open Source

We believe in sharing. This website 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 security@openhumans.org.


Questions?

If you have any questions for us, feel free to contact us.


Staff

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
Executive Director

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 Shuttleworth 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.

Stephanie Unna
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!