Hi QS community,
Just saying hi and introducing a new nonprofit (PhysioQ) that is addressing 1) data collection from wearables and 2) making collaborative research projects a lot easier. (Without compromising on user data privacy and security). As someone that has been using wearables for self-hacking, I recognize the awesome work coming out of the QS community. This type of research is super important, so we want to support in whatever way we can.
Data from wearables.
A lot of you guys will be pros already at this stuff, but one of the big hurdles for people starting out in QS/data analysis is difficulty in getting the raw data for personal use. Sometimes it requires coding and understanding of APIs. At the minimum, it requires a lot of reading and messing around through poorly designed interfaces. PhysioQ is trying to make that easier with partnerships with wearable makers to get their data natively–not through their cloud (and their corporate terms/privacy policies). For people that are concerned about tech companies having access to your data, we offer an alternative.
Research management and collaboration.
Although a lot of these things have improved with technology, there hasn’t been many research-focused project management software that isn’t designed from pharma (that’s where the money is, go figure). PhysioQ helps you track your research in real-time. It just makes compliance a lot easier to track.
FYI, Our primary business case is academic researchers (that’s how this nonprofit will generate revenue) and the first use-cases will be in those settings. However, we think self-trackers, citizen-scientists, hackers, muckers (as Edison put it), will be so important to the progression of scientific breakthroughs, so I wanted to get some of your feedback regarding what we should be building.
We are fans of the work Open Humans have done in the space. We are also a nonprofit working towards parallel goals, just with a little bit of a different offering and approach. I just wanted to get the ball rolling and learn more from you all to see how we can help (Perhaps create a QS-team workspace for projects)! Excited to be joining the community.
In a nutshell, We are the caretakers and stewards of your data. We don’t own it, nor do we see it (encrypted). We will never sell it or give it third parties.
We structured as a nonprofit intentionally so we have no shareholders to report to and will never have any incentive whatsoever to sell data to others.