The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is open for anyone and will always be free. By signing up, you've joined a diverse group of community researchers and tapped into a lot of grassroots expertise.
We're excited to have your contributions! Feel free to introduce yourself and reach out to others in the community for collaborations or advice.
How to connect
On the first Thursday of every month, there's an open call anyone can join and actually talk to other Public Labbers. The time alternates between 12:30PM and 7PM EST, please check publiclab.org/events. To join, simply add your name and either Skype username or phone number at the top of pad.publiclab.org/p/organizers and we'll call you in.
Discussion lists are a great place to float ideas, ask questions, offer help, and find collaborators. Simply click email@example.com to send a message to our general community science community mailing list. Use the box below to subscribe to the list and receive messages:
In person chapters are great for connecting to other Public Labbers locally. Check out our map of places to see if any chapters are organizing near you. Check the events calendar to scan upcoming activities.
How to use this website
This PublicLab.org website is where our community develops open-source documentation and literature on DIY civic science research. There are three main areas of the site:
Research notes are the easiest and best way to share (i.e. open source) your work. Post a research note to solicit input, publish tests or prototypes, ask questions, or just to keep track of links and research documents. Posting is like making a blog post in that you get sole authorship credit and only you can edit your notes.
Wiki pages hold our collective knowledge base. Wiki pages feature curated knowledge condensed from work documented on research notes. They can be edited by anyone with a publiclab.org account.
The Archive hosts open data created by Public Lab tools for all to use. Currently featuring maps in visible and infrared, the archive will be expanding to hold spectral, water quality, and other types of data generated by Public Lab tools.
Public Lab has different groups which help organize the community, including:
- Organizers: http://publiclab.org/wiki/organizers
- Staff: http://publiclab.org/wiki/plots-staff
- Board: http://publiclab.org/wiki/board
This diagram roughly shows how these groups are nested: