Breakout: Strategies for Managing Our Data

Managing the increasing quantities of our personal information (emails, documents, streams of self- tracking data, etc.) can be difficult. We’ll share ideas, tools, and strategies for getting more personal benefit from our voluminous data.

I attended this session and found it very thought provoking. What was interesting to me was the lack of tools and techniques for the management of data - and the fact that pretty much everyone was using a different (bespoke) solution. I’m hoping to do some research in this area over the summer and would love to hear about other people’s experiences of managing data. I’ll be posting a survey in about four weeks, but in the meantime if you have any thoughts to share I’d love to hear them,


Hi folks,

Following on from my previous post - I’ve prepared a survey, with a strong focus on data management. See below.

I’m an MSc. student, based in Dublin, Ireland currently doing research into how members of the Quantified Self community manage their data. As a long-time self-tracker (and professional librarian) I’ve always been interested in how we organise and manage data. I’m hoping that through this research, and with your help, I’ll gain a greater insight into the data challenges facing the QS community.

I would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete a survey, which will help to inform my research. All information will remain confidential and results, once anonymised, will be shared with the QS community.

You can take the survey here

I really appreciate the time you are taking to complete this survey and am more than happy to be contacted directly, should you wish to do so.

many thanks,

Joan Murphy

joan.murphy [at]