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Back in September, a number of people from around the Midwest who are fighting frac sand mining issues hosted a couple check in meetings on how things were going, sharing notes on some projects to date (you can read about the conversations here and here). We also had an opportunity to loop in on pathways forward people were seeing that were new, or could use some more attention.
I want to post an update on one of the projects that came up in those September conversations. With support from a number of groups and individuals, we've started to work on the Sentinel Program, originally conceived of by @Pat. This project is aimed at making reporting suspected violations from the frac sand mining industry easier to do.
So far on this project we have:
I wanted to share out the materials so far, and am looking for edits, ideas, and further suggestions. You can comment below or in the doc itself here. We'll also be going over some of this material at the event on Saturday in Arcadia.
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This past February at the Barnraising in Galveson Texas, we began the process of brainstorming about ways that we could equip ourselves better to respond to environmental disasters. We arranged our tools, methods and needs on a poster: a summary of which is below. Because many of the suggestions overlapped or fit into multiple categories, I've If you suggested something and don't see it, or would like to offer your own suggestions, please add your thoughts to the comments below. We'll be expanding this into a wiki page as well, and hope that folks will keep this conversation moving forward!
We'll also be looking to this list to see what kinds of environmental monitoring tools we can assemble so that inexpensive/DIY options exist. Please let us know what's missing!
Emergency Response Needs (Methods, Tools, Resources)
This project is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
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Hello everyone ,
Public Lab takes utmost care in making sure that the location of a person is exposed to the extend he/she wants . Hence we here at Public Lab are working on giving people the power to safely share their location on the web .
I am happy to announce two new libraries that we are working for the past few weeks that helps in achieving this vision of ours .
In this post , i wish to introduce these new Public Lab open source software projects on Location Privacy .
Leaflet-blurred-location-display (LBLD) is an extension of leaflet-blurred-location (LBL) and does the following:
The demo is live :
1.) Shows Public Lab users location :
2.) Shows how some locations (markers) are not shown at different zoom levels :
So at Lower zoom levels , irrespective of the precision of coordinates you shared - your marker is visible on map . But as you zoom in to higher zoom levels , lower precision markers are removed .
To see details on how to use the LBLD library in your project , jump over to our github page : https://github.com/publiclab/leaflet-blurred-location-display
The red markers corresponds to coordinates [23.1 , 77.1] , [20.1 , 76.1] having precision of 1 . At lower zoom level 5**** , these red markers are visible on map .
But as you zoom in to level 6 , these red markers are removed from the map whereas other high precision markers are still visible .
According to the precision of the coordinates , different colors are given to the markers .
Precision = 0 , Blue colored markers .
Precision = 1 , Red colored markers .
Precision = 2 , Orange colored markers .
Precision = 3 , Green colored markers .
Precision = 4 , Black colored markers .
Precision = 5 , Grey colored markers .
Precision >= 6 , Yellow colored markers .
Also clicking the markers shows a pop-up telling the precision :
Greater the markers in a region , Darker the color .
We wanted to give an easy visualization power , so we implemented this grid heat map .
The default color of grid is : #F3F0C0
If number of markers are in range [1,10] , the color is : #FFA500
If number of markers are in range [11,15] , the color is : #faff05
If number of markers are in range [16,25] , the color is : #FF6347
If number of markers are in range [26,35] , the color is : #FF4500
If number of markers are in range [36,45] , the color is : #FF0000
If number of markers are greater than 45 , the color is :#8B0000
NOTE : Clicking on each rectangle shows the pop-up showing number of markers in that rectangle .
You can pass your own API link to fetch data and show it on the map . Also you need to pass a JSON parser function to parse your API . See our Github page to know more details !
This library is an independent module which gives many mathematical functions that one can use on any map (not necessary Leaflet map!) . The library is thoroughly tested using Jasmine framework .
Jump over to the github page for more details of each mathematical function : https://github.com/publiclab/blurred-location
The npm link is : https://www.npmjs.com/package/blurred-location
If you have any suggestions or any doubts regarding the use of this library , kindly open an issue here .
I personally thanks @warren for mentoring me and giving all these awesome ideas .
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first-timers-onlyissues are those which are written in a very engaging, welcoming way, far different than the usual "just report the bug" type of GitHub issue. To read more about these, check out firsttimersonly.com, which really captures how and why this works and is beginning to be a movement in open source coding outreach! Beyond the extra welcome, this also includes getting such well-formatted issues out in front of lots of people who may be contributing to open source software for the very first time.
It takes a LOT of work to make a good issue of this type, and we often walk through each step required to actually make the requested changes -- the point is to help newcomers understand that a) they're welcome, and b) what the collaboration workflow looks like. Read more at https://publiclab.org/software-outreach !
Since early 2016, we at Public Lab are working to make our open source software projects more welcoming and inclusive and to grow our software contributor community in diversity and size. Creation of First-timers-only issues was also started at Public Lab near the end of 2016 - https://publiclab.org/notes/warren/10-31-2016/create-a-welcoming-first-timers-only-issue-to-invite-new-software-contributors
Now, as GSoC, Outreachy, and other outreach programs are seeking proposals for the upcoming summer, we put a lot of extra time and work into welcoming newcomers into our community and making sure they are well-supported. We've seen a huge increase in newcomers and wanted to report in about how this process has scaled!
Till now, nearly 409 FTO issues has been created across our projects which shows how many people have been welcomed in the Open Source 🌐 and in our community by the collaborative efforts of all of us.
From March 9, 2019, we started maintaining the list of people who want to work on various projects of Public Lab - https://github.com/publiclab/plots2/issues/4963 through
first-timers-only issues. And, we are proud to announce that in past 20 days, we all have created 55 FTO issues i.e., 13% of total Public Lab FTO issues(from beginning) are created in last 20 days. The growth is really tremendous and all this has been possible due to contribution of each community member.
The idea of maintaining the list of FTO issue-seekers is a big success. We have been able to assign issues to nearly 50 contributors in the past 20 days. And, each day the list is growing and we are opening more and more FTO issues for helping new contributors in taking their first-step in Open Source with Public Lab.
Those community members who have shown some tremendous support for creating FTO issues and they really ensured that there is a check mark next to the name of each newcomer: @cess @gauravano @warren @lekhidugtal @Harshithpabbati @divyabaid16 @IshaGupta18 @anan12 @sashadev-sky @madeofhuman @HarshK @Divy123 @Rishabh570 @gautami_gg
Thank you everyone for the great work and cheers to this awesome community growth 🎉 🥂 💯
(The main image is a screenshot taken from GitHub Visualizer. To see the whole visualization, visit the link
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Dates: April-May 2019
Location: Providence, RI
Compensation: $2,500-$4,500, based on experience and qualifications
The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community--supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit--which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible Do-It-Yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.
We are looking for a code fellow to work in our Providence office for a term of 6-8 weeks (depending on hours) at approximately 20 hours per week to assist in the upgrading and expansion of the MapKnitter website, which assists communities in creating maps of environmental issues using aerial photos. The fellowship position will be part of a team of 6+ developers from around the world.
MapKnitter.org is a Ruby on Rails website with:
Public Lab's open code community (https://code.publiclab.org) is a diverse, global group of contributors who are committed to respect and mutual support, and to code and community practices which support newcomers. Our goal is to develop and maintain software that supports environmental monitoring and online collaboration in the broader Public Lab community. Our Code of Conduct can be found at https://publiclab.org/conduct.
Responsibilities will include:
For context, see our overall project plan: https://github.com/publiclab/mapknitter/issues/300
Candidates should have experience with the following, although we can provide some support and training:
We also ask that candidates have:
Step 1: Please claim and complete one "first-timers-only" issue from the MapKnitter open source project: https://github.com/publiclab/mapknitter/labels/pvd. Our code welcoming program supports newcomers in making their first contribution, and you'll be compensated for your time with a $50 stipend upon completion. This compensation is only available for fellowship applicants from the Providence, RI area, and applicants will need to show that they have successfully installed the application on their computer.
Step 2: Upload your application materials to the following form by March 22. No phone calls please.
Public Lab is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. We encourage people with different ability sets, people of color, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities to apply.
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We're part of two different summer fellowship programs this year, Outreachy and Google Summer of Code (#GSoC) -- both recruit software contributors to work on open source projects. We may also join Rails Girls Summer of Code (#RGSoC) once it opens, but would need to be accepted first.
We've done GSoC for a few years now, and are really excited to be part of RGSoC for a third year and Outreachy for a second season. Outreachy writes:
We expressly invite women (both cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people to apply. We also expressly invite applications from residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Anyone who faces under-representation, systemic bias, or discrimination in the technology industry of their country is invited to apply.
So, we're asking students from both programs to start posting their proposals for comment, here. Read on!
Outreachy's application deadline is the March 26, 2019 at 4pm UTC. GSoC applications will be open between March 25, 2019 - April 9, 2019.
Once you've gotten a bit familiar with our project (see our welcome page here), the first step is to look over our ideas page, which you can find here. These were collected from the brainstorm we did earlier in the year.
For Outreachy, we will be posting a project idea soon on the Outreachy website.
Please feel free to ask questions in the comments below, or to join our chat channel at https://publiclab/chat
Our welcoming page will help you understand how we collaborate, and we'll be there to help you take your first step. And try tackling a first-timers-only issue, to get an idea of how to become a contributor!
Also, read this page carefully to understand our workflow and how we structure summer of code projects: https://publiclab.org/wiki/gsoc#How+we+work
Please ask questions! We're very friendly and we love welcoming new people into our community.
Once the term starts, we'll be asking all participants to review another person's work at least once time per week, and to either post a first-timers-only issue or help someone who's working on one once weekly. This will help us continue to support our growing community!
Once you've read through some of these ideas and become a bit more familiar with our projects, it's time to post a proposal of your own.
You don't need to have a complete or even concrete idea -- share your thoughts early and we'll help you refine your proposal, and help you choose something that's the right difficulty level as well as being something our project really needs.
We've created a template for you to post a proposal here. Click this button to begin:
Before or after you post your own draft, read through others' listed below. Your best comments and input may come from other applicants!
Also see 2018's proposals here
|GSoC proposal: Mapknitter Image Management and Synchronous Editing||@divyabaid16||10 months ago||1||2|
|[withdrawn] GSoC Proposal: Mapknitter Overhaul||@gauravano||about 1 year ago||2||1|
|SoC proposal: GSoC: Websocket Implementation for Real-time Usage and Sensor data and Display Library||@namangupta||about 1 year ago||4||20|
|SoC proposal: Improving UI and Structure of Leaflet Environmental Layers||@rkpattnaik780||about 1 year ago||1||5|
|SoC Proposal : Spectral Workbench Capture||@sidntrivedi012||about 1 year ago||3||12|
|SOC 2019: A small proposal for global environmental monitoring||@MaggPi||about 1 year ago||1||13|
|SoC proposal: MapKnitter Image Management & User Experience||@govindjeevan7||about 1 year ago||2||4|
|GSOC-19 Mapknitter synchronous editing||@vidit||about 1 year ago||0||2|
|SOC proposal: Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow||@anan12||about 1 year ago||4||5|
|SoC proposal: Image Sequencer: Broadening Avenues||@vibhordelgupta||about 1 year ago||1||2|
|MapKnitter Aerial Image labelling to detect Environmental issues using machine vision||@sauvzi13397||about 1 year ago||2||5|
|GSoC proposal: Image Sequencer||@aashnaaashna||about 1 year ago||3||10|
|GSoC proposal: Mapknitter Image Management and Synchronous Editing||@igniteeng000||about 1 year ago||5||3|
|Outreachy Proposal 2019 For Public Lab:||@gautami_gg||about 1 year ago||5||12|
|GSoC Proposal: Mapknitter Rails 6 upgrade||@kaustubh_nair||about 1 year ago||2||7|
|GSoC proposal: Mapknitter Upgrade to Rails 6||@singhav||about 1 year ago||1||2|
|GSoC proposal: Mapknitter ORB Descriptor (w/ auto-stitching, pattern training, and live video support) and LDI revamp (major UI enhancements)||@rexagod||about 1 year ago||5||35|
|SoC proposal: Community Toolbox overhaul||@icode365||about 1 year ago||2||16|
|SoC proposal: Image Sequencer||@lohithabhagam123||about 1 year ago||0||0|
|SoC proposal: Community-toolbox||@jainsubhahu||about 1 year ago||1||10|
|SoC proposal: Image-Sequencer v3: Boosting the performance and adding demonstration based on colorimetry||@lit2017001||about 1 year ago||5||7|
|Outreachy proposal: Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow||@priya17081||about 1 year ago||3||12|
|GSoC proposal: Sensor data upload and display library||@IshaGupta18||about 1 year ago||7||34|
|SoC proposal: Image Sequencer||@f20171066||about 1 year ago||1||6|
|GSoC Proposal 2019: Mapknitter's Rails Upgrade||@alaxallves||about 1 year ago||0||5|
|SoC proposal: PublicLab.Editor||@f20171066||about 1 year ago||0||1|
|GSoC proposal: LEL 2.0 and work on Leaflet-Blurred projects .||@sagarpreet||about 1 year ago||2||11|
|SoC proposal: Sensor data upload and display library||@shakebameen||about 1 year ago||0||0|
|SoC proposal: Sensor data upload and display library||@shakebameen||about 1 year ago||0||3|
|GSoC proposal: Automated feature detection and matching #300 https://github.com/publiclab/image-sequencer/issues/300||@puneetbindal8989||about 1 year ago||1||2|
|SoC proposal: Enhancing the UI of publiclab and relevant changes to server||@lekhidugtal||about 1 year ago||8||21|
|GSoC proposal: Automated feature detection and matching #300 https://github.com/publiclab/image-sequencer/issues/300||@puneetbindal8989||over 1 year ago||0||0||Show more|
|Software project ideas for upcoming 2018 Summer of Code fellowships?||@warren||over 2 years ago||7||9|
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