This has interested me for a number of years now. Ever since a particular technology magazine editor talked about monitoring his sleep. He pointed out that there is a third of our life that we know nothing about. The thought intrigued me and I was hooked. I now use various smartphone apps and wearable devices that allow me to better understand what I am doing and likewise look for ways to improve or at least be aware of what I am doing with my life. An insight into the apps can be seen here:
As a starter we should be aware that, for the majority of us, our lives are digital and we leave a trail within it. Quite often we do not see that data or even actively realise that it exists. This post from December 2012 on data collected about a single human being:
Then you get the other extreme of people like Chris Dancy who tries to capture everything:
And a guide for the middle ground:
But how might this go beyond the individual to the workforce?
The data scientist:
Of course the big topic:
Personally I would happily share data that I consent to share as long as the data collected can be made available to me for my own use by the people collecting it and in a manner that I can use it as well. Something that I could feed into wolfram alpha analytics to inform myself and help me to make better decisions. At the moment I will keep on with my fitbit, endomondo, myfitnesspal, zeo sleep monitor (now retired), rescue time, manic time, evernote, twitter, facebook, outlook calendar etc etc……………. 🙂