Open Humans: A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration

Bastian Greshake Tzovaras, Misha Angrist, Kevin Arvai, Mairi Dulaney, Vero Estrada-Galiñanes, Beau Gunderson, Tim Head, Dana Lewis, Oded Nov, Orit Shaer, Athina Tzovara, Jason Bobe, Mad Price Ball

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    BACKGROUND: Many aspects of our lives are now digitized and connected to the internet. As a result, individuals are now creating and collecting more personal data than ever before. This offers an unprecedented chance for human-participant research ranging from the social sciences to precision medicine. With this potential wealth of data comes practical problems (e.g., how to merge data streams from various sources), as well as ethical problems (e.g., how best to balance risks and benefits when enabling personal data sharing by individuals). RESULTS: To begin to address these problems in real time, we present Open Humans, a community-based platform that enables personal data collections across data streams, giving individuals more personal data access and control of sharing authorizations, and enabling academic research as well as patient-led projects. We showcase data streams that Open Humans combines (e.g., personal genetic data, wearable activity monitors, GPS location records, and continuous glucose monitor data), along with use cases of how the data facilitate various projects. CONCLUSIONS: Open Humans highlights how a community-centric ecosystem can be used to aggregate personal data from various sources, as well as how these data can be used by academic and citizen scientists through practical, iterative approaches to sharing that strive to balance considerations with participant autonomy, inclusion, and privacy.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalGigaScience
    Volume8
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

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    Precision Medicine
    Information Dissemination
    Social Sciences
    Privacy
    Information Storage and Retrieval
    Internet
    Social sciences
    Bioelectric potentials
    Ecosystem
    Ecosystems
    Medicine
    Glucose
    Global positioning system

    Keywords

    • citizen science
    • crowdsourcing
    • database
    • open data
    • participatory science
    • peer production
    • personal data

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health Informatics
    • Computer Science Applications

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    Greshake Tzovaras, B., Angrist, M., Arvai, K., Dulaney, M., Estrada-Galiñanes, V., Gunderson, B., ... Price Ball, M. (2019). Open Humans: A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration. GigaScience, 8(6). https://doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/giz076

    Open Humans : A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration. / Greshake Tzovaras, Bastian; Angrist, Misha; Arvai, Kevin; Dulaney, Mairi; Estrada-Galiñanes, Vero; Gunderson, Beau; Head, Tim; Lewis, Dana; Nov, Oded; Shaer, Orit; Tzovara, Athina; Bobe, Jason; Price Ball, Mad.

    In: GigaScience, Vol. 8, No. 6, 01.06.2019.

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    Greshake Tzovaras, B, Angrist, M, Arvai, K, Dulaney, M, Estrada-Galiñanes, V, Gunderson, B, Head, T, Lewis, D, Nov, O, Shaer, O, Tzovara, A, Bobe, J & Price Ball, M 2019, 'Open Humans: A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration', GigaScience, vol. 8, no. 6. https://doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/giz076
    Greshake Tzovaras B, Angrist M, Arvai K, Dulaney M, Estrada-Galiñanes V, Gunderson B et al. Open Humans: A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration. GigaScience. 2019 Jun 1;8(6). https://doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/giz076
    Greshake Tzovaras, Bastian ; Angrist, Misha ; Arvai, Kevin ; Dulaney, Mairi ; Estrada-Galiñanes, Vero ; Gunderson, Beau ; Head, Tim ; Lewis, Dana ; Nov, Oded ; Shaer, Orit ; Tzovara, Athina ; Bobe, Jason ; Price Ball, Mad. / Open Humans : A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration. In: GigaScience. 2019 ; Vol. 8, No. 6.
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