Over 100,000 people have already been genotype through DTC genetic testing however, these data live in siloes, often inaccessible to the public. {Bastian Greshake, Philipp E. Bayer, Helge Rausch, Julia Reda, openSNP: A Crowdsourced Web Resource for Personal Genomics, 2014}. openSNP seeks to solve this problem by allowing users to upload their results, where they'll be freely-available for all.

In addition to these genetic data, openSNP's broader goal relates to all types of quantified-self (QS) information as this is of interest to genetic researchers.

So far, openSNP allows people to link their Fitbit accounts, thereby donating their activity, sleep, and weight data to the public domain. By now, there are many more tracking devices (HTDs) around, and many of them offer their APIs. By exploiting these services, openSNP can dramatically increase the amount of QS data available in the public domain, providing a means for academic researchers and scientists to find new associations. These associations are easier to find in openSNP than similar services since a user's genetic test results, their tagged phenotypes, and HTD data are all linked to a single person.




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