Do whatever you want with your data

KnomeeOpenFormat

A key principle from the quantified self movement is that you should use tools that let you do whatever you want with your data, that is, that do not keep the data locked in some proprietary format.

Knomee stores two types of data on your iPhone:

  • measure data, that you generate each time you record a value from one of your quest.
  • quest meta-data, that describes how the measure data should be interpreted.

Measure data can be exported and imported through CSV files, as shown on the illustration.

  1. to export your data, you press the export button on the "chart view" (small rectangle with a outward arrow), and Knomee produces an email addressed to you with a CSV (comma separated values) file of all the measures from this quest. You can upload them in Excel or any tool of your choice.
    The format is:  date, longitude, latitude, measure target value, measuer first factor value, second factor value, third factor value.
  2. to import your data, you open the measure list interface (second screenshot on the illustration) and you click the import button (small rectangle with an inward arrow). This will open a text zone where you can paste any CSV file that you have copied from your phone. Using these two steps is a way to perform back-up & restore.

Meta-data can be exported and imported as JSON files.  The JSON format is a self-evident description of your quests, its attributes and its trackers.

  1. to export a quest, you open the edit interface and click on the export button. This will generate an email to yourself, with the JSON description of your quest. Remember our promise to use only email as a tool to move data out from the application so that you may control this flow better.
  2. to import a quest, you open the quest list interface (as if you were to select a quest), and you will seen the import button (same, a small rectangle with an inward arrow). This will open a text zone where you can paste the quest description.

What you need to remember is that your data belongs to you (we cannot see it at Knomee) and that it is not stuck in your app, you can get it back whenever you want.

Knomee 2.0 will make sharing quest descriptions easier since we will create an open GitHub with all the Quest Library descriptions. Anyone will be able to add to this list of quests.