Public Lab is an open community -- you're welcome to simply sign up and start contributing in a variety of ways. If you are interested in a more formal collaboration, just ask email@example.com.
Some ways to be a part of the community:
- email the list to say hello, describe your interests, and offer your skills to existing projects
- ask for help with a public science issue and reach out for collaborators
- post a research note describing the starting point for your project
- post a research note describing new developments in your project
- add to the knowledge base in Public Lab by editing pages (most are editable by any registered user, wiki-style)
- connect with or organize a local group to investigate environmental, social, and other issues in a participatory way
co-author articles & papers (in research journals, newspaper op-eds, magazines, etc) with other community members
- co-author grants for research and for working with specific communities
- adopt and contribute to units of our curriculum (mainly the mapping curriculum at this point) in universities, schools, and public workshops -- use some of our resources and add your own. Also see the guides we're starting to develop for our tools.
Areas we need specific help in:
- organizing meetups with residents in our partner communities to test new tools and gather data with proven ones
- developing better and more comprehensive documentation & tutorials around our existing tools
- archiving and publishing consistent data sets (from spreadsheets and geotiffs to interviews with community members)
- outreach to research, policy, and legal institutions (Environmental Law Clinics, for example) to get our data adopted and used