Open Humans

Awesome projects. Your data. Advancing research.

A free program of the nonprofit Open Humans Foundation

Joshua Berk
Health-tracking Enthusiast

"I believe the benefits to research from Open Humans – especially as the data set becomes even larger and more statistically significant – will be enormous."


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.

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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.

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American Gut
Rob Knight
University of California, San Diego
Connected by 71 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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Rumi Chunara
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
Connected by 155 members

Participants in this viral surveillance study can get kits, then send a sample if they get sick. When possible, your analysis data is returned!

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Harvard Personal Genome Project
George Church
Harvard Medical School
Connected by 665 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 313 members

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

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Connected by 135 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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Connected by 121 members

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

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Wild Life of Our Homes
Rob Dunn
North Carolina State University
Connected by 103 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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Open Humans Healthkit Integration
James Turner
Connected by 79 members

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

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Uploaded by 55 members's AncestryDNA is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing product that tests about 700,000 genetic locations.

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Data selfie
Uploaded by 43 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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Connected by 42 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 33 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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Uploaded by 28 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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Genome/Exome Data
Uploaded by 21 members

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

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Connected by 17 members

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

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Stephen Friend
Sage Bionetworks
Uploaded by 5 members

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

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