Dates of Project: January 2011 through January 2012
Field of Work: Creating an online resource guide for self-tracking tools.
Problem Synopsis: A small but increasing number of people across the United States are developing and using self-tracking tools—chiefly spreadsheets and smartphone apps that allow individuals to measure and track their own health, wellness, fitness, habits, emotions and symptoms. But there had been no guide to these tools.
Synopsis of the Work: The project team created an online resource guide for self-tracking tools and services.
Key Results: Features of the Quantified Self: Guide to Self-Tracking include a list of some 500 tools, reviews of the tools, profiles of members, and a discussion forum. However, the project director thinks the guide was more a catalog of tools than a useful manual for people wanting to choose and use these tools. She offered a number of lessons from the project: