Low-Friction Personal Data Collection

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B202/203


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.

Speaking experience

I've spoken at SXSW, OSCON, WebVisions, Øredev and others. See my full speaking history here: http://aaronparecki.com/presentations