Low-Friction Personal Data Collection*
Have you ever wanted to track your movements, sleep, what you eat, who you spend time with, and all sorts of other personal data? In this talk I'll describe the tools I've been able to successfully use to track aspects of my life.
It’s no secret that I like to collect as much personal data as possible. I’ve been tracking my location since 2008, tracking my sleep and weight since 2011, and have kept exact mileage logs every time I filled my car with gas.
You may think I have some crazy obsession with collecting this much data and will do anything it takes, but in reality I’m pretty lazy about it and look for low-friction solutions otherwise I can’t sustain the project.
In this talk I’ll go over the tools I use for data collection and what I’ve learned from trying to collect this much data over an extended period of time. I’ll highlight some of the new tools coming out soon that I’m hoping will be successful. I will also show visualizations I’ve made from the data I’ve collected over time.
I've spoken at SXSW, OSCON, WebVisions, Øredev and others. See my full speaking history here: http://aaronparecki.com/presentations
Aaron Parecki is the co-founder of IndieWebCamp, a yearly conference on data ownership and online identity. He is the editor of the W3C Webmention and Micropub specifications, and maintains oauth.net. He has spoken at conferences around the world about owning your data, OAuth, quantified self, and even explained why R is a vowel.
Aaron has tracked his location at 5 second intervals since 2008, and is the co-founder and former CTO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. His work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company and more. He made Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for his work on Geoloqi.
- Title: Low-Friction Personal Data Collection
- Track: Cooking
- Room: B202/203
- Time: 4:45 – 5:30pm
Have you ever wanted to track your movements, sleep, what you eat, who you spend time with, and all sorts of other personal data? In this talk I’ll describe the tools I’ve been able to successfully use to track aspects of my life.
- Speakers: Aaron Parecki
- Title: !done - Hacking IRC Bots for Distributed Teams
- Track: Culture
- Room: B202/203
- Time: 1:30 – 2:15pm
When our company was acquired we needed a way to see everything that was done each day all in one place. Teams were using different methods to do this: standups, written reports, emails and meetings. Nothing stuck.
Done reports introduces a simple IRC command: !done. Team members say !done and what they just did. These !dones are put into a daily report. !done becomes a part of everyday at work, not a strained task that’s easily forgotten.
- Speakers: Amber Case, Aaron Parecki